The 6th day of Christmas giveaway: You can never be too rich with Votre Vu!

Votre VuIt’s chic, it’s stylish, it’s rich…it’s Votre Vu. We love, love, love this line because almost everything we try becomes a favorite, from the skin care to the color cosmetics to the body products. For the 6th day of Christmas giveaway at Beauty Info Zone we share some beautiful Votre Vu products with you because you can never be too rich in blessings or in health, so you need to spoil yourself healthy!

Tarte D'Amande Soufflé

Lisa’s side:  TARTE D’AMANDE Soufflé Riche Pour Le Corps (also known as ALMOND PIE Rich Soufflé Lotion for the Body, $39) The name alone sounds like a fabulous dessert that you know might live on your hips for the rest of your life…but it looks and smells so amazing you just don’t even care.  Starting with the scent, it definitely does smell as delicious as you would expect. It is a warm, sweet scent that is a little more almond than pie. It isn’t overly foody or sickeningly sweet, and the almond smells natural, not artificial.  You will definitely sneak some inhales when no one is looking!

Tarte D'Amande Soufflé

The jar is huge and inviting. It comes with a plastic scoop – be sure to use that even though you will want to dig right in with your fingers.  The thick, creamy lotion is really beautiful. Super thick lotions are so moisturizing but they can go on wet and take a while to dry, or even stay a bit tacky on the skin. This one is a wonder, sinking in immediately and leaving skin ultra soft and lustrous. The lotion is full of great ingredients that dry skin will adore – macademia oil, vital, shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, D panthenol, and cerasome A and E.  As Votre Vu says, this rich body cream is 0% Guilt. 100% Pleasure.  So go ahead and be delicious.

Marcia’s side:  TRAGIC MAGIC RESCUE CREAM

Besides loving a name that rhymes like Tragic Magic, I love that this rescue cream does rescue dry skin. As a French botanical company their products are fragranced but in a delicate way due to the high quality pure ingredients they use. These aren’t artificial fragrances, they come from the french botanicals that the Votre Vu family harvests.

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Tragic Magic comes to the rescue when your skin is parched since it rebalances your skin. It adds a protective barrier to calm skin when it’s having one of those reactive days (or weeks). This cream is rich and soft and absorbs quickly. Being someone who doesn’t use fragranced skin products often, I tend to use this on my hands and body.

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

It softens my hands making them feel like baby skin. It does this with ingredients like jojoba, rose hips, calophyllum, soja and avocado that protects and balances skin. It contains Vitamin E to fight against the evil cell-damaging free radicals. While I don’t use this on my face, I think it would be perfect for those who have sensitive skin.

Votre Vu Tragic Magic ingredients

Votre Vu Tragic Magic ingredients

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Right now on Amazon all Votre Vu products are 40% off. I don’t know how long this lasts but it brings the price of this $40 magic cream down to $28 plus shipping.

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

GIVEAWAY For our 6th Day of Christmas Giveaways we have the wonderful Silk Stockings for a US/Canadian subscriber. Lisa reviewed Silk Stockings and felt it was a great giveaway for the holidays where you want some extra glow. Votre Vu calls this their glow-tion since you can use this for a sheen all over your body. You’ll want to shine and one winner will get to do that with Silk Stockings.

Votre Vu swatch

Votre Vu swatch

This giveaway is open through Monday, Dec. 14th at 11:59 p.m. for US and Canada. With all our giveaways we have two requirements before other options in our Rafflecopter. 1) Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone and 2) leave a comment. The rest of the options give you more chances to win and you can tweet daily for even more.  Good luck and we hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far!!

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*received for editorial consideration

Votre Vu is back and adding color to our lives! A double dose of Votre Vu Cosmetics, Side by Side

Votre Vu is a long time favorite at the BIZ – our first review was way back in 2010! We are always up for a little more French fashion finesse in our lives, so a recent box of Votre Vu goodies had us jumping for joy (but in a very sophisticated way, of course!). Surprisingly, this time around Lisa went for the eye products and Marcia went for lippies.

Votre Vu Eyeshadow and Eyeliner

Lisa’s Side:

I think the fact that the eyeshadow and eyeliner were both in chocolate shades influenced my choice…I have a difficult time resisting anything chocolate!!

Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Swatch of Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Swatch of Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Votre Vu eyes

The Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single ($19) is a buttery soft eyeshadow in a beautiful plummy brown shade. It has a tiny bit of golden shimmer, just enough to make this shade different from any other in my collection. I love this as a crease shade because it sheers out beautifully yet also packs on nicely for more drama. Ingredients include vitamin E, jojoba oil and kaolin clay, which make the texture soft and crease-resistant. 

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Le Jolie Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

The Le Jolie Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat ($23) is a perfect companion to the Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single.  

This is a gel pencil that is so soft it almost feels like a liquid liner at first. One end has a sponge blending tip and the soft liner gives lots of play time before setting into a nicely smudge-proof line. The liner comes with a really nice sharpener, although this is a liner for soft lines, not precise ones.

The Chocolat shade is a terrific medium brown – described as a ‘semi sweet chocolate’ – with tons of pigment. It lasts all day on the lid and a decent amount of time on the waterline.

Votre Vu eyes

My Votre Vu FOD

My Votre Vu FOD

I’m very happy with these Votre Vu eye products and definitely recommend both of them.  Somehow I think they would probably pair perfectly with Marcia’s lip and cheek products….

Marcia’s Side:

Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, Lip Liner in Spark

Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, Lip Liner in Spark

We switched places for today’s Side by Side review. I’m always the one who “politely” grabs the eye products out of Lisa’s hands while I say Merci but this time I was intrigued by the lip products as well as the cream blush which is always a favorite of mine. I’ve been using Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, and Lip Liner in Spark since I think these are great fall shades.

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in the shade Tatiana ($23) is a beautiful fall color. I’m not used to wearing dark shades especially just coming off summer so I decided to use a lip brush to apply this instead of right from the tube. I’m really glad I did it that way because the lipstick became more of a stain and lasted for a longer time. I love that this isn’t fragranced except for a touch of vanilla mint which surprises me since it’s a French company and they always seem to use a floral fragrance. Tatiana is delightfully described as “A warm and joyful tomato red that’s ideal for your first tryst rouge.” French Kiss Lipsticks are hydrating lipsticks so they are more flattering (on me) than a matte lipstick. Brushing it on though gives a more matte look than applying from the tube.

Votre Vu Tatiana from website

Votre Vu Tatiana from website

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark brushed on

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark brushed on

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark with clear lip balm on top

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark with clear lip balm on top

The perfect companion to a French Kiss lipstick is Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liners ($21). I have it in Spark which is described as a mid-tone rose. It’s a great shade not only for Tatiana but for so many of the fall and winter lipsticks I’ll use. This is a wind up lipliner so no sharpeners are needed. I love this kind of liner since there’s no waste. This very flattering shade glides on and doesn’t tug at all. I’m sure I’ll use it up to the very last drop.

Votre Vu Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark along with swatches of Spark, Tatiana and Vu On Ma Cherry

Votre Vu Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark along with swatches of Spark, Tatiana and Vu On Ma Cherry

Last is my very favorite product of this trio – Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry. This makes me want to sing along with Stevie Wonder. I am a huge fan of cream blush and can’t resist them. Votre Vu has 4 shades of the Vo On Rouge ($29) and I’d happily own all 4. Ma Cherry is a “sweet and classic cherry blue-red hue that becomes every skin tone”. You can see it blended in above but when I swipe it across my cheeks it’s so intense that my fair skin just can’t take it so this is how I apply it…

Votre Vu Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry

Votre Vu Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry

I dot it on my face and then blend with my fingers or a sponge. I can add more if I want which I usually do. This way I can build the intensity rather than have to remove some of it. This dries down beautifully and never feels sticky. It’s also a perfect purse blush since no tools are needed. This lasts about 8 hours on me unless I start with a powder blush and then the duo would last for 12 hours. Vu On Rouge can be used on cheeks and lips and they say even eyes. It’s blended with hydrating shea and exotic antioxidant-rich mango seed butters so it not only looks good but it’s good for your skin. I’ve been wearing this several days a week and I know I need Amourette next. Even Stevie Wonder would approve if I had them both and would happily sing “Ma Cherie Amour” to me.

*items received for consideration

Votre Vu Holiday Gift sets make me feel like a Party Girl

Votre Vu Holiday Gift Box

Votre Vu Holiday Gift Box

When you go to your mailbox and find a box like this from VOTRE VU there’s a moment when your heart skips a beat and you just want to rip it open. I was thrilled when Votre Vu sent their Party Girl gift set since I still use some of the products from the box they sent last year.  This one is even better though.

A Party Girl from Votre Vu

A Party Girl from Votre Vu

This is wrapped perfectly to give as a gift. You don’t need to do anything at all except add a card so your giftee will know who deserves a giant hug.

Votre Vu Party Girl contents

Votre Vu Party Girl contents

Party Girl from Votre Vu

Party Girl from Votre Vu

Three products that I use on a daily basis are in this great box. Eyes x2 and lips = cosmetic perfection.  I love mascara and don’t go without it or my eyes disappear.  Votre Vu’s EIFFEL TOWER mascara is for Lengthening and Fortifying. I prefer a lengthening mascara since my lashes are skimpy plus I truly hate clumping and often get that with volumizing mascaras. I’ve been wearing this daily since I got it and I love the look it gives me. The brush is nice and full and applies the mascara evenly. This doesn’t smudge or flake. It washes off so easily that I am surprised every time that happens.

Votre Vu Eiffel Tower Mascara

Votre Vu Eiffel Tower Mascara

Votre Vu Eiffel Tower mascara

Votre Vu Eiffel Tower mascara

Votre Vu Eiffel Tower wand

Votre Vu Eiffel Tower wand

Also for eyes is a beautiful eye pencil LE JOLI CRAYON Smudge & Set Soft Eye Liner in Violectra. A gorgeous purple liner that has a smudger on one end and the soft liner on the other. This lasts extremely well on the top lash line though I do have to refresh on the bottom lash line if I go out in the evening. But that’s the norm for me. The color is beautiful and flattering. There’s even a sharpener for this making searching unnecessary.

Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon

Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon

Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon in Violectra

Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon in Violectra

Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon Violectra swatched

Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon Violectra swatched

To top it off there’s a Lip Lustre Vitamin E Lip Gloss in PARTY ON. I love the non fragranced gloss because it has enough color in it to wear on its own. Yet it looks beautiful over many of my pinky peach lipsticks. The color looks darker in the tube than it applies. It’s silky and moisturizing on my lips. Right now my lips need moisture and this gloss adds that.

Votre Vu Lip Lustre in Party On

Votre Vu Lip Lustre in Party On

Votre Vu Lip Lustre in Party On

Votre Vu Lip Lustre in Party On

Votre Vu swatches

Votre Vu swatches

The box ($49) is a limited edition Holiday Set that you’d be proud to own or give to someone. The colors in it are universally flattering and the products are all top notch quality.

2 Votre Vu Holiday 14 gift sets

2 Votre Vu Holiday 14 gift sets

Another gift from Votre Vu is The Bod Squad. I have the hand cream and it’s wonderful with its almond fragrance. Here’s what you’d get ($59). This too would make someone very happy especially in winter weather climates.

  • TARTE D’AMANDE Almond Pie Body Soufflé
  • BÉBÉ DUETTE Luxe Lips With Tarte D’Amande Hand Crème (1 tube)
  • AMOUR D’ORE Petite Multi-vitamin Oil

This is a wonderful gift set and one I’d be proud to give to someone. Make your holiday shopping easier by checking out Votre Vu and seeing the beauties they have to offer. — Marcia

*Votre Vu donates a portion of proceeds from the ‘Party Girl’ set to pediatric cancer treatment through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

*received for editorial consideration

Good to glow! Votre Vu Silk Stockings

It’s still way too hot to wear pantyhose. However, my legs aren’t exactly as perfect looking as they were 20 years ago, so I am always hesitant to go bare. A perfect answer for leg woes was sent to us by Votre Vu, and it has a truly awesome name – Silk Stockings ($34 retail, $24.80 for brand ambassadors).

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Silk Stockings is a glow-tion that takes the place of pantyhose. The lotion is infused with vitamin E and extracts of calendula, linden, chamomile and Saint-John’s-wort, so it’s definitely hydrating and comfortable on. The glow comes from tiny multi-colored shimmers that blur your lines in a way that Robin Thicke would love.

All those gold and blue shimmers give a fabulous glow

All those gold, pink, and blue shimmers give a fabulous glow

It’s not just awesome leg lustre, it’s awesome body lustre. I use it all the time on my arms and decolletage. The bronze shade evens skin tone and covers small imperfections like veins and scars. The effect is slimming and it really looks natural.

Before Silk Stockings

Before Silk Stockings

After Silk Stockings

After Silk Stockings – a subtle but definite difference

Whenever I use a product like this, I worry about it running down my legs if it gets really hot out and I start to sweat. But I have had no issues with Silk Stockings and it doesn’t transfer onto clothing either.

If you want a little bit of help going bare, I highly recommend Votre Vu Silk Stockings. Put this on and you are good to glow!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

ients: Aqua (Purified Water), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane/Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane and PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone (and) Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Steareth-20 , C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Stearic Acid, Steareth-2, Kaolin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, PEG 10 Soy Bean (Glycine Soja) Sterol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carboxymethylcellulose, Polysorbate-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance, Sodium PCA, Peg-40 Stearate, Lecithin, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Polysorbate-80, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract.

Votre Vu holiday set in Oh Come Let Us Adorn Yeux

This year’s holiday cosmetic sets have been outstanding. I’m having a ball trying some out and sharing these with you. One of the prettiest I’ve come across is from VOTRE VU. It’s their limited edition Oh Come Let Us Adorn Yeux set ($38). The set includes some terrific items wrapped in a lovely red box that you’d be proud to give or get.

Votre Vu Oh Come Let Us Adorn You

Votre Vu Oh Come Let Us Adorn You

Hollywood wrapped set includes:

  • Limited Edition PALETTE PLAY EYE SHADOW – Champagne Gold
  • Limited Edition PALETTE PLAY EYE SHADOW – Heirloom Silver
  • Shadow and Define Brush
  • Pearl and crystal cluster kilt pin
  • $3 donation by Votre Vu to pediatric cancer treatment

In the gift I received for review are the two eyeshadows, a dual sided brush and a pretty pearl and crystal pin that’s officially for kilts but I like it on a coat collar. With names like Champagne Gold and Heirloom Silver you’d expect glitter but these eyeshadows aren’t glittery at all. They have a satin finish and I don’t even notice any shimmer to them. They make for a beautiful subtle eye even though you wouldn’t expect it from the names.

Votre Vu Champagne Gold, Heirloom Silver and brush

Votre Vu Champagne Gold, Heirloom Silver and brush

Votre Vu Champagne Gold and Heirloom Silver

Votre Vu Champagne Gold and Heirloom Silver

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold heavy swatches

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold heavy swatches

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold, more natural swatches

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold, more natural swatches

Heirloom Silver is a light cool toned charcoal shadow. It appears to be darker than it actually applies. Champagne Gold looks like it would apply very dark but it’s actually a pretty yellow gold that you can wear lightly or build up for more intensity. I’ve worn these two together with Champagne Gold on my lid and Heirloom Silver in the crease.

The Shadow and Define Brush that is included in this gift set is well made and works well with the shadows. I like a flat brush to pat shadows on and this does a great job.

Shadow (and define) brush

Shadow (and define) brush

(Shadow) and define brush

(Shadow) and define brush

To top it off there is a beautiful pin that is attached to the two mesh bags that hold the shadows plus Votre Vu is donating $3 to Pediatric Cancer treatment with the purchase of this set.

pin holding together the shadows

pin holding together the shadows

Votre Vu holiday pin

Votre Vu holiday pin

Votre Vu has some other great holidays specials like the adorable Snow Bunny set and the Embrace Me set with wonderful body products. But these specials are only available through January 5, 2014.

Votre Vu Snow Bunny

Votre Vu Snow Bunny

Votre Vu Embrace Me set

Votre Vu Embrace Me set

I’ve been impressed by Votre Vu before and they’ve done it again. The prices are terrific for these sets. You get your money’s worth and you can surprise your friends and family with some beautifully packaged treats for the winter holidays or birthdays. Have you had a chance to experience Votre Vu yourself? — Marcia

*received for review 

Be demure, charming, and tempting with Votre Vu Lip Lustre

Votre Vu

Votre Vu Lip Lustre

The always stylish and enticingly beautiful Votre Vu line has a fabulous collection of lip glosses called Lip Lustres ($22 each, or $15.40 if you are a member). I was thanking the heavens when they sent the BIZ all three Lip Lustre shades to review.

Votre

Get your French accent on with a little Votre Vu

In general these lip glosses are moisturizing but not overly so, which helps them stick around longer. They have a great mouth feel but don’t disappear quickly like extremely emollient glosses do. You can wear these super sheer or layer them for more color. They don’t taste like anything, and they wear very nicely for lip glosses. They aren’t sticky and your hair won’t catch in them with a slight breeze.

I love them alone or layered over lip pencil or lipstick. They also have my favorite applicator, the doe foot, which makes me very, very happy. The overall effect of these glosses is luminous color that is good for your lips thanks to the green tea extract and vitamin E inside.

Demure

Demure Lip Lustre

Demure is a fantastic shade. It’s a clear opalescent that reflects pink and blue, depending on the angle.

Demure

Demure swatched

Demure was a tough one to swatch, I just couldn’t adequately capture the complexity of this beauty.

Demure

Just Demure for a sweet, low-key look

If you have pigmented lips, you will love it alone as pictured above on my daughter’s lips. But if your lips have no pigment, like mine, you will love this for layering over pretty much any shade of lip pencil or lipstick.

Charming

Charming Lip Lustre

Charming is a matte peachy pink. It doesn’t have any shimmer but it has shine galore.

Charming

Charming swatched

This goes from barely-there color to beautifully pigmented, depending on how much you apply.

Charming

Just Charming for a soft, sweet look

I love it, it’s a great summer shade that isn’t too light for my thin lips.

Tempting

Tempting

Tempting is a deep reddish pink with light pink shimmers.

Tempting

Tempting swatched

Tempting is another one that changes depending on how much is applied. It can be quite sheer or it can be completely opaque.

Tempting

Tempting lips

I love all three shades, although I probably reach for Tempting most often. I definitely recommend that you check out these beautiful lip glosses for the pretty shades and the fabulous formula. These are some ooh-la-la lip glosses! – Lisa

*pr samples

Mother’s Day gift ideas part one: Votre Vu

Here at the BIZ we try tons of products with upcoming holidays in mind, and one of my personal favorites (second only to my birthday, lol!) is Mother’s Day.  Being a mom is a 24 hour a day job, and even when the kids are grown and gone you don’t ever stop worrying or helping.  Show your appreciation and do something truly special for your mom or your mom-in-law this year.  Let the BIZ be your guide in finding a great gift that is off the beaten-to-death path of flowers or chocolate.

Votre Vu Tres Magni-Feet Set

I found two great Mother’s Day options by Votre Vu.  If your mom is a busy bee who is constantly on the go, help her get some R and R with the Sweep Her Off Her Feet package ($42).  Included are two awesome foot products, Très Magni-feet Exfoliant and  Très Magni-feet Crème. 

Exfoliant swatch

The Magni-Feet Exfoliant is made with tiny bamboo particles.  It can be used on wet or dry feet to scrub away callouses and rough areas.  It smells wonderful, like fresh peppermint.  An exfoliant scrub is really great for the feet to help improve circulation.

Magni-Feet Creme swatch

The Magni-Feet Creme is a beautiful, thick, hydrating cream that smells of verbena and chamomile.  It has shea butter to moisturize and menthol for a cooling sensation.  Nothing beats a foot rub after the exfoliant, and boy does it make your feet super soft.  A great idea is to give this set to your mom, then do the treatment for her.  Just rub her feet with the exofoliant and rinse in a big bowl of water.  Towel dry, then slather on the cream with a relaxing foot rub.  Put some super soft, thick socks on her and let her relax for the rest of the day.  Wonderful!!

Some people don’t like foot rubs, so for foot-phobics, try this great combination:  the Royal Treatment Gentle Pearls Face Scrub ($34) and the Self Preservation Self Tanning Milk for Face ($39).  It’s a great combo because the scrub perfectly preps the face for a beautiful, realistic looking faux tan.

Royal Treatment Gentle Pearls Scrub

 The Royal Treatment Gentle Pearls Face Scrub was a mystery to me at first.  It’s very watery, and when I used it on my damp face after cleansing I was confused, it didn’t seem to do anything.  Then I wised up and actually read the directions.  It needs to be applied to DRY clean skin.  You massage it in, the scrubby part is extremely gentle so even those with very sensitive skin will be happy.  Then, you emulsify with water, massage again, and rinse off.  It does a great job of gently exfoliating the skin and leaving it perfectly prepped for the Self Tanning Milk.

Self Tanning Milk

The Self Tanning Milk is a light lotion that has a fresh fragrance.  It spreads easily and soaks in quickly, and by the next morning your skin has the prettiest, most natural golden glow.  Those who want a kiss of color will love this once a week.  If you want more, use it two or three times per week and you will have a believable, streak-free faux tan that makes you look younger.  The two products together make a wonderful gift of radiant skin.

Do something different for your mom(s) this Mother’s Day…or let your family know you want something different for yourself!  Votre Vu is a great line with some wonderful, unique products, be sure to give them a look.  – Lisa

 *pr samples