The power of probiotics with eraclea skin care moisturizers!

For our side by side review today, the BIZ is highlighting the power of probiotics with eraclea skin care’s new Hydrating Day Lotion + PB (probiotic) and Intensive Hydrating Day Cream + PB.

The eraclea skin care line was co-founded by two women, Dr. Janet Denlinger and Morgan Hare. Their line has products ranging from rejuvenation to acne, and each product is infused with their patented HylaFusion® technology to provide hydration for the life of your skin.

HylaFusion® acts like a “second skin” as it hydrates the skin’s surface layer (stratum corneum) and maintains the movement of water, biologically active ingredients, and small water-soluble molecules toward the skin’s deeper layers. HylaFusion® continues to retain and deliver water and soluble ingredients even when it feels dry on the skin.

In addition to HylaFusion®, the daytime moisturizers that the BIZ tested feature probiotics. You may actually take probiotics to balance the helpful bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. But did you know that our skin is also covered with helpful bacteria? It’s a very delicate ecosystem of good and bad bacteria, and when the bad bacteria rises we get skin irritations like acne and eczema. It’s necessary to keep our skin in balance in order to have a clear, uncongested complexion.

Topical probiotics form a protective shield on the skin’s surface and maximize the benefits of good bacteria. The combination of probiotics and HylaFusion® makes skin resistant to environmental damage, increases hydration retention, reduces inflammation and redness, and improves fine lines and wrinkles. We tested two different types of probiotic daytime moisturizers from eraclea skin care, and here is what we found:

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eraclea Hydrating Day Lotion +PB

Lisa’s been using eraclea Hydrating Day Lotion +PB ($75)

If you have oily skin that you want normalized, or dry skin that tends to break out, or even just normal skin you will appreciate the eraclea Hydrating Day Lotion +PB ($75 for 1 oz). The ingredients are intriguing, with probiotics that fight inflammation and environmental stressors, and peptides, extracts and vitamins that form a ‘second skin’ that protects the skin.

eraclea Hydrating Day Lotion +PB

Benefits:

  • Contains HylaFusion®, a clinically proven breakthrough hyaluronic acid complex, which leaves skin feeling fresh, smooth and hydrated with no greasy residue.
  • Helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Nourishing
  • Anti-aging

Formulated with probiotics to help defend against age-accelerating environmental stressors, reduce inflammation, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

eraclea Hydrating Day Lotion +PB

This lightweight moisturizer isn’t greasy and it sinks in quickly, leaving my skin feeling soft and hydrated but not sticky. It does have a fragrance that is herbal and woodsy, but it completely dissipates within several minutes. It comes in my favorite type of skin care packaging – an airless pump, hooray!

Although this is a daytime moisturizer, you won’t find any SPF in it so you’ll need to get that protection from another source. I know a lot of people are sensitive to certain types of SPF so many will be happy about this! Thanks to the probiotics, the Hydrating Day Lotion +PB calms down irritated skin pretty quickly. I had a blemish that was red and irritated when I first started testing this, and while my occasional breakouts usually take about three or four days to disappear, this time it only took two. I find that it makes my oily areas more normalized and it does a great job hydrating my dry areas.

I think the Hydrating Day Lotion +PB is an excellent option for those with oily, t-zone, or normal skin. It does a beautiful job of hydrating and calming skin, and I love the idea of more ‘good’ bacteria and a balanced complexion!

Marcia’s been using eraclea Intensive Hydrating Day Cream +PB

While Lisa is using the eraclea Hydrating Day Lotion it’s the Day Cream that made its way to me. This is jar packaging which I know isn’t a favorite of Lisa’s but I don’t mind it. I keep small plastic spatulas on hand that I use and wash off afterwards so that I’m not sticking germy fingers in the jar. Plus with a jar I know I can get every bit out.

ERAclea Intensive Hydrating Day Cream

The eraclea Intensive Hydrating Day Cream +PB ($85/1 oz) is quite a rich formula and one I’ll appreciate more in the fall. What I appreciate now though is that this has moisture retaining ingredients that help deliver “water” to my face even though it’s dried on my face.

ERAclea Intensive Hydrating Day Cream

This creamy colored cream has an interesting fragrance. When I first apply it I notice a citrus scent but as it dries down it becomes more herbal. Once fully on my face though I really don’t notice it.

The day cream is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing the skin. I keep close track of those things since I want my skin to be line free and eraclea is doing a good job with it.

ERAclea Intensive Hydrating Day Cream

Benefits:

  • Contains HylaFusion®, a clinically proven breakthrough hyaluronic acid complex, which leaves skin feeling fresh, smooth and hydrated with no greasy residue.
  • Intensive hydration leaves skin supple and smooth
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Soothing to irritated skin
  • Nourishing
  • Anti-aging
  • Formulated with probiotics to help defend against age-accelerating environmental stressors, reduce inflammation, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

ERAclea Intensive Hydrating Day Cream

While there’s no SPF in this cream I still get a lot of use from it. There are many days that I’m home all day and don’t necessarily need an extra layer of SPF. I use this interchangeably with another moisturizer with SPF. What this does have is probiotics and those are especially appreciated. I also like that eraclea explains each ingredient and why it’s used in their products. Here’s an example: “Argireline – Clinically proven to help firm, tone and increase skin elasticity. Excellent for helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.” Information like this insures that I know what I’m using on my skin.

Made in the USA and Non-Toxic, both of these products are available for purchase at www.eracleaskincare.com.

 

Merle Norman Timeless Illuminating Makeup review and swatches

Merle Norman has been around forever but it’s a line that is new to me. I am not sure how it could be that I have never tried it…they have an incredible array of options for both color cosmetics and skin care. I have been testing a few of their products:  Timeless Illuminating Makeup Foundation, Contour & Highlight Duo, and Plush Lipstick. Today’s review is all about the foundation.

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TIMELESS ILLUMINATING MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 ($28) is a liquid foundation with what is billed as medium to full coverage, but I would say that it’s more medium than full.  There are 13 shade options, none of which are suited to dark skin tones. The foundation is fragrance-free and oil-free. Ingredients include ‘award-winning and patented probiotic ingredient, Brightenyl®, which is clinically proven to help restore skin’s natural tone and healthy-looking luminosity. Kombuchka™ is clinically proven to significantly smooth the appearance of fine lines and make skin appear more plump and luminous (as reported by the majority of testers). Boosted with 24-carat colloidal gold, a peptide and Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection to maximize luminosity and anti-aging benefits.’

Merle Norman Timeless Illuminating Makeup in Quiet Rose

I was sent Quiet Rose, which I was sure would not be a match for me – but incredibly, it was darn near perfect. The Timeless Illuminating Makeup is Merle Norman’s silicone based luminous foundation, similar to Becca Aqua Luminous, Nars Sheer Glow, and Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. It also has SPF 30, which is a great touch – I love multi-taskers! If you plan to use it as your SPF protection, you will want to touch it up throughout the day for true SPF protection. It comes in a glass bottle with an open top. While it is billed as medium to full coverage, I find the coverage to be medium. My freckles show regardless of how much I layer it on. I think that the finish is gorgeous – I love it. It gives my skin a natural glow that brightens and makes for a youthful look. I find that the foundation lasts well throughout the day, and it doesn’t settle into my fine lines and wrinkles.

Merle Norman Timeless Illuminating Foundation

For my Merle Norman face of the day, I am wearing the Timeless Illuminating Foundation, as well as Merle Norman Plush Lipstick in Stunner.

Overall I am super impressed with the Timeless Illuminating Foundation. My only gripes are the packaging, which could be better – I’d love to see this lovely foundation in an airless pump – and the shade selection, which could be expanded to include darker shades. But the Timeless Illuminating Foundation is a big winner in my book, and it’s significantly less expensive than other mid to high-end silicone based luminous foundations. You can find Merle Norman products at their private studios, and here is a link to find one near you:  http://merlenorman.com/find-a-studio.  – Lisa

Beat the sun with The Beauty Spotlight Team

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Never Say Die Beauty thought she had found her HG natural deodorant, but then she tried new Mineral-Enriched Invisible Solid Deodorant from Crystal. So smooth, so clean, so easy to apply. Especially love Freshly Minted!

Could your skincare use a seasonal shakeup? I Know all the Words chats Summer Skin Survival Supplies to keep save your complexion from a major meltdown.

Part serum, part essence, Erika of Notes from My Dressing Table is but stupid in love with the Airelle Skin Care Age Defying Serum,. This cruelty free, clean formula harnesses the power of the antioxidants in blueberries to improve the skin in several appreciable ways.

Since discovering the brand last summer, Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has become obsessed with Australian cosmetics brand, BYS Cosmetics. Earlier this week, she shared a review on two items from the brand that are out of this world! Be sure to check it out

Are you already a fan of Scentbird’s awesome luxury fragrance sampling service? Pammy Blogs Beauty sure is! So, Pammy is super excited to share Scentbird’s lastest venture into skincare with their Healing Crystals-Inspired Facial Masks.

Korean beauty products have been increasingly making their way to our vanities. See the latest JoahBox, a box filled with K-beauty that’s available as a subscription over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom blog.

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is a HUGE fan of Boxwalla and their August Beauty Box: The Secret Symphony of Skincare Featuring Heart of Gold products is an astonishing treat for the skin and the senses. It features 3 full size products, valued at $180.00, for a mere $49.95. You will receive a cleansing balm, an exfoliant and a moisturizing serum– all of which are perfect for glowing summer skin.

Are your lashes begging for something more? Are they tired of looking for a great vegan and cruelty-free product? Beauty Info Zone has the solution for that with vegaLASH volumizing mascara. You’re going to love the look.

HANHOO K Beauty delights

Are you interested in the world of K Beauty but don’t know where to begin. Those of us in areas without a large Asian market don’t always find it easy to find the products and know what to do with them. Along comes HANHOO to take away the mystery and welcome us to the world of better skin.

HANHOO K Beauty

Hanhoo is on a mission to deliver the feeling of confidence that accompanies healthy, beautiful skin to everyone around the world. This is a company that began in Asia and has been in business for over ten years. They are dedicated to using safe ingredients and a modern approach to make taking care of skin easy.

There are 4 products currently available at Walmart and on their website and the prices are terrific. I was sent these and now we can discover what they are all about.
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BUBBLE UP PEELING PAD with COLLAGEN ($2.50) is the one I was instantly interested in. Maybe it’s the fun looking packaging that made me open this first but it’s the results of using these pads that makes me stick around.

BUBBLE UP PEELING PAD with COLLAGEN

There are 5 pads inside this slim package that are great for helping to deep clean and exfoliate your skin. You don’t need anything else – it’s all here.

HANHOO Bubble Up Peeling Pad

Stick your finger into the open sleeve of the pad and wet it with lukewarm water until it bubbles up. Start with the white embossed side and gently massage your skin in a circular motion to cleanse. Now you want to flip it to the pink mesh side to exfoliate. Keep massaging it in a circular motion. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and you are done.

HANHOO Bubble Up Peeling Pad

There are two key ingredients that you want to know about.  COLLAGEN helps to fill in fine lines and wrinkles so it’s wonderful to know that these contain it. ENZYME POWDER is the exfoliant and is known for brightening and smoothing. These are great too for acne prone skin.

These portable pads are perfect for travel. Take a few with you without taking up any space so you can keep your skin on track anywhere you go.

Another item to take with you that won’t take up any space are the BLEMISH PATCHES ($5). I can’t tell you how many times these have come in handy for me.

HANHOO Blemish Patch

I luckily don’t get large blemishes but I do occasionally have small ones. I want them gone and I want them gone quickly but without drying out my skin. There are 36 small round patches in 2 different sizes.

HANHOO Blemish Patches

HANHOO Blemish Patches

These are Hydrocollid bandages and the material absorbs pus and impurities while it’s acting as a protective barrier. As much as we’re told not to touch a blemish, it’s hard not to. But when you have one on it prohibits you from touching. The approximate use time is 6-8 hours. It will turn white as it absorbs the impurities. I put one on before bed so it doesn’t interfere with my makeup look.

A completely different type of product is their COLLAGEN VITAMIN C BEAUTY FIX ($2.50). This is a dietary supplement that contains Collagen, Vitamin C, and Biotin. It’s great for skin, nails, hair, and bones.

HANHOO Beauty Fix Collagen Vitamin C supplement

Each package contains 3 packs and you can use 1 to 2 per day to help maintain the health of your hair, nails and skin. This is another take along item that’s great to supplement your vitamin intake. Directions say to pour it directly into your mouth but I prefer to mix it with my ice cold water.

Last but certainly not least are the ARGAN OIL MAKEUP REMOVING WIPES ($2.50). There are 15 wipes in the package and unlike other makeup wipes these are skincare and not just a remover.

HANHOO Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes

These contain Argan Oil which is rich with Vitamin A and E and also Vitamin C. Using these is like giving yourself a light vitamin facial. On clean skin I use these to refresh before applying any skincare. They’ll remove light makeup well and there’s NO fragrance.

HANHOO Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes

HANHOO Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes

These are a great size and price to keep on hand.

What I like best about all of these products is how skin friendly they are. They work well, they are portable, they aren’t expensive. While I’m using them at home I think I need to plan a vacation just to prove that they’d be great away too. Have HANHOO will travel!  —  Marcia

Thin or thick…brows 3 ways with IT Cosmetics Brow Power

Brows 3 ways with IT Cosmetics Brow Power

However you like your brows – thin, thick, or somewhere in between – IT has your beauty problems solved with their three versions of Brow Power. This wonderful eyebrow pencil is noted because of its charitable aspect as well as its ‘your brows but better’ formula. These brow pencils are terrific and even better for every Brow Power sold ($24) one is donated to Look Good, Feel Better to help women with cancer regain their self-esteem. What a wonderful charity and I love IT Cosmetics for doing this.

Brow Power is a universal pencil that adjusts to all eyebrow shades by the amount of pressure you use. You can do short feathery strokes for lighter brows or build up to the darkness you need. The color is a neutral to cool brown and there’s a spoolie at the opposite end to make sure your eyebrows are nicely formed. Brow Power contains biotin, saw palmetto and antioxidants so it’s not just a wonderful tool to use but it is good for you.

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The new kid on the block of the brow trio from IT is the Brow Power Micro. It is a wind up pencil with an ultra fine tip in the universal color made to match all hair shades. It adheres well to your skin and helps cover gray in case you have that problem. The fine point makes it easy to draw in hairs, giving them feathery definition. The spoolie on the opposite helps start or finish your eyebrows so they look perfect.

Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil is the middle child and it is IT’s number one selling product.  IT’s original Universal Brow Pencil with Active Brow Enhancing Technology pencil is one of the products that put IT on the map. It has a larger tip than the Brow Power Micro and it has an oval tip that creates lines that look like real hair. It’s smudge-proof, doesn’t need to be sharpened, and adheres for long-lasting wear. The spoolie is slightly larger than the one on the Brow Power Micro. I’ve used this brow tool for years, and it is especially handy in the summer because it keeps brows in place even in the worst heat.

The biggest of the three brow pencils is the Brow PowerFULL Universal Volumizing Eyebrow Pencil. This the one that gives bold definition. It has a triangular tip that much larger than the other brow pencils – it doesn’t draw in small lines that look like hair, instead it gives more color and volume. While my brows aren’t very thick, I love this one because it gets the job done super quick, and the result is still natural and defined. Those with very thin brows will do better with the other two options, but if you have medium to thick brows you will love this version.

Spoolies left to right: Brow Power Micro, Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil, Brow PowerFULL

Brow pencils left to right: Brow Power Micro, Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil, Brow PowerFULL

Swatches top to bottom: Brow Power Micro, Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil, Brow PowerFULL

With all these options there is a Brow Power for everyone. I find that I use the medium and large sized pencils the most – I like having the combination of a pencil that can be used to draw in individual hairs and one that can be used for sweeping color. You can find IT Cosmetics at Ulta, Sephora, QVC, and itcosmetics.com. And don’t forget, for every Brow Power pencil you buy IT donates one to Look Good Feel Better to help women face the appearance-related side effects of cancer with confidence!  – Lisa

#SummerVibeHop blog hop giveaway with e.l.f. cosmetics

Another fun giveaway hop with many ways to win. On Beauty Info Zone we’re sticking with our main theme and giving away cosmetics! You have the opportunity to win an e.l.f. cosmetic package to finish up summer and start new in the fall.

Get your mirror out, if you win you’ll have a great time with these.

e.l.f. Modern Metal eyeshadow palette

Introducing Modern Metals– the collection inspired by New Orleans and co-created with our community! Modern metallics meet statement mattes in this 10-pan palette of perfectly curated shades. With an inspiring assortment of bold and neutral shades, this palette lets you create subtle everyday looks, sultry evening looks, and everything in-between. Everything is new so I couldn’t swatch these but here are e.l.f.’s swatches.

e.l.f. Modern Metal swatched

e.l.f. cosmetics

Let’s add 3 more items to the mix: e.l.f. Praline Matte Lip Color

e.l.f. Praline Matte Lip pencil

This convenient lip pencil creates exact color application with twist up ease. The pigment rich color glides on effortlessly and easily to provide long lasting matte color. The enriched Vitamin A, C & E formula moisturizes and hydrates lips for beautiful healthy looking lips. Sharpener included.

e.l.f Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte cream eyeshadow in Bare Linen


Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadow in Nude Linen

e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set

e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set

This multipurpose Matte Magic Mist & Set spray gives your makeup a lasting, shine free finish in seconds. Infused with vitamins B, E, and arctium majus root. Enjoy a shine free look today.

And another 3 for you: a trio of brushes

Stipple Brush: This synthetic haired brush features layered brush hairs create a soft airbrushed look. Perfect for applying foundation, adding color definition to cheekbones, or highlighting. Use with liquid or powder face products to build coverage from sheer to full. This cruelty-free brush is made with 100% animal hair-free, synthetic bristles.

Pointed Eye Pencil Brush

Blurring Brush: This medium-sized densely packed brush distributes powder evenly by blurring product into the skin for a soft-focus “selfie ready” effect. The domed shape maneuverers easily around the face making it great for use under the eye, around the nose, and the brow area. Ideal for use with loose powders to create a thin veil of coverage or for pressed powders for fuller, buildable coverage. This cruelty-free brush is made with 100% animal hair-free, synthetic bristles.

The #SummerVibeHop is open to Beauty Info Zone subscribers from the US and Canada. To enter you need to be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber and comment. All the other Rafflecopter entries are there to give you extra chances. Don’t you want to be a winner?  —  Marcia

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A deep tan in 3 hours? Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

As a faux tanning fan, I see great benefit from having all forms of self-tanner in my arsenal. Every so often I go professional and get a spray tan, but for in-between maintenance or do it myself tanning I like to have lots of options. One expedient and simple option is the tan towel. I think of tan towels as the ‘quick and dirty’ of faux tanning. They are portable and typically goof-proof.  They also do a great job of evening out and refreshing a faux tan that is wearing off. I recently tested Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes, and I’m happy to report that they do tanning towels proud.

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Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes (8 Packs $16.99, 16 Packs $31.99, 24 Packs $49.00) are tanning towels that are 100% natural and paraben and oil-free. One package contains a towel that has just the right amount of product for your face, neck, and decolletage. It not only gives you a tan within three hours of application, it also has added moisturizers to make sure that it doesn’t dry out skin (which is often the case with self tanner towels).

Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

The color that you get varies since the intensity level adapts to your skin tone. The results from one application last for about four days. Application couldn’t be easier – you just rub the towel onto clean, dry skin then wait until the tanner dries before putting on clothes. The Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes are not super wet, so the dry time is minimal – maybe 30 seconds.  Here are the ingredients:

DHA PLUS

Reacts with the proteins in the epidermis, producing a color similar to a suntan. Color lasts between 3 and 5 days depending on cellular turnover. Because it is stabilized with sodium metasulphite, DHA Plus limits the degradation of DHA and intensifies its result. This reaction is enhanced by the presence of Transcutol, a strong penetrating agent. The dehydroxyacetone of self-tanning is more stable and its fragrance is odorless.

ERYTHRULOSE

A sugar of natural origin which helps to eliminate skin dehydration and the feeling of skin-tightening. Allows tone to last longer.

MOISTURIZING COMPLEX

A combination of Butylene Gycol, which enhances moisture retention in the epidermis and avoids dehydration by forming a film on skin, and UCON 75-H-450, a film-forming polymer made up of a mix of glycols with a strong moisturizing effect.

For me, the color develops into a very pretty tan that does a great job of evening out my skin tone and giving it a healthy glow.  Here are pics of my arm before application, and then exactly three hours later.

Before Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

After Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

I really like the color – natural and yet still luminous. These aren’t large body sized tanning towels – again, one of them is about right for face, neck, and chest. You can also use one for legs or for arms and some touch ups on other areas. I never had any issues with streaks or too much tanner on my elbows or knees. There is a slight perfumey fragrance, but it dissipates in about 15 minutes.

The Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes are best for those with lighter skin tones. The end result isn’t dark enough to make a difference on those with a naturally dark or tan skin tone. But for those of us with very pale to medium skin, it’s fantastic. If you want an even deeper color, they have an option called the Self-Tanning Intensive & Fast Bronzing Towelettes. And if you want one that will cover your entire body they have a Self-Tanning Natural & Fast Bronzing Body Color, which is a glove that equals about four of the towelettes.

I am loving the Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes for spot tanning fixes and for smaller areas, like my face and neck. You can easily find them on Amazon – and you just might find a great deal during these Amazon Prime Days!  – Lisa