Look Polished in a Pinch

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JI323-connection-blushIf, like me, you aren’t a morning person, but you still want to look polished and awake for work, or even just to run a few errands, here are a few products I recommend to look put-together in a pinch.

BB Cream. BB creams actually originated in Germany in the 1960s, and then dominated the Asian markets in the 80s. They just became popular in the U.S. in the past few years. BB stands for blemish balm, or beauty balm. This multi-tasking product is meant to take the place of your serum, primer, moisturizer, foundation, and SPF. I like the Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 because it’s easy to apply and blend, and doesn’t feel greasy.

Cream Blush. I gently dab this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it backward with my fingers. It can also be used on the lips. I like the Jane Iredale in Touch Cream Blush – Connection, as it provides a nice peachy glow.

For days you’d rather not go bold, but get out the door fast, go with a rosy lip stain. Pat it on with your fingers, pair it with just a little liner and mascara, and you’ll quickly look pulled together. I recommend DuWop Pure Venom Pure Berry Lip Stain; it’s the perfect color for every skin stone.

Want to look wide eyed and awake in a pinch? A champagne-colored eyeshadow swept over the lid and under the brow instantly lifts and opens the eyes. Stila Eye Shadow in Oasis is the perfect shade for this, and you can even add a little to the tops of your cheek bones for a quick highlight.

Be Perfectly Bronzed with Boots No 7!

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It’s that time of year again, when the weather is starting to warm up and we’ll be showing a little more skin. No matter your complexion, a bit of a warm glow on your body makes you look slimmer and healthier. So if you want a natural-looking tan that doesn’t have the typical smell of self-tanner, we recommend the Boots No 7 Perfectly Bronzed Quick Dry 360 Airbrush. This fine-mist spray is best applied at least six inches from your body. Simply spray on exfoliated, moisturized skin and rub in evenly.

bootstanThis 5-Star-rated tanner comes in Light-to-Medium and Medium-to-Dark. The lighter shade is a little harder to find online, but we do carry it here at SkinStore.com. On the rave review and recommendation from one of our customers, I used this color on my fair-to-light skin and was really impressed with the results. After one application, I have an even, warm glow. It’s perfect for spring. Heading into summer, I will just add another application or switch to the Medium-to-Dark for a deeper tan. A good tan doesn’t have to cost a lot. We would put this tanner up against its pricier competitors, and at $12.99, you come out the winner!

Tanning Tips: Don’t forget those places that require a little extra effort to make your tan look natural. Just above your heels and behind your knees will need some special attention. Behind your ears is another often-forgotten area.  For the naturally drier areas of skin: elbows, knees and heels, apply an extra layer of moisturizer to prevent them from becoming too dark.  Applying a little bit of body lotion to your palms before tanning will help them clean up a little easier. Or you can always use a tanning mitt.  And last but not least, make sure you still use and SPF product so you can continue to have fun in the sun!

A little Mascara Never Hurts

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JI336-black-ice-mascara2When it comes to mascara, we all find different formulas that we swear by. Mascara is used to thicken, lengthen, darken, and enhance the eyelashes.  The use of a mascara-like product goes back to the Victorian era, when women used to make a form of mascara with a mixture of heated ash and elderberry juice and then apply it to their eyelashes. Even farther back in history, the ancient Egyptians—both women and men—used kohl to line their eyes and apply to their eyelashes.

The product that is the closest to the mascara we use today was not created until the 19th Century, by a chemist named Eugene Rimmel. He used the newly-invented Petroleum jelly to create this product.  If I could only use one cosmetic for the rest of my life, it would be my mascara. With just a few swipes, I look and feel much more put together.

I‘m always into trying new mascaras and finding the ones I can’t live without. One of my go-to mascaras is Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara in Black Ice. The brush gives my lashes a well-defined, separated look that really opens up my eyes. The formula is buildable, so I can apply coat after coat until I achieve the volume I want. This mascara is made with sea minerals that condition the lashes so that they remain healthy and are able to grow as long as possible. The brush is considered oversized and really works well at preventing clumps.  The RMS Beauty Defining Mascara is my everyday fave because it gets every lash, especially the small lower ones. The brush is narrow and really is great at getting to the root of the lashes and defining each and every one. The formula is rich and creamy and I never notice any flaking throughout the day. No matter which mascara I use, I stick with this one on my lower lashes. So whether you’re a water proof girl, love the super-glam look, or are into the defined, separated look, there is mascara out there for you!

Which Clarisonic is right for you?

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clarisonicmia1Clarisonic devices are the #1 most-recommended by dermatologists and estheticians, but if you aren’t skin savvy, it can be overwhelming to decide which model to commit to. Here’s a brief description of each model, which will hopefully be helpful if you’re looking to purchase your first Clarisonic device.

The Mia 1 is the first model Clarisonic released. It has one universal speed and is best for those with normal skin with no sensitivities. The speed on this model is the second speed on other Clarisonic models, so it may be too harsh for those with skin sensitives, acne, or rosacea.

The Mia 2 has two speeds and can be used by almost anyone. It is best for someone with normal to combination skin who may experience the occasional breakout or sensitivity. The first speed is delicate; speed 2 is the universal speed for normal skin and is also the Mia 1 speed.

The Mia Fit is the newest addition to the Clarisonic family. The sleek new design is perfect for the modern woman on the go, teens, or the healthy/outdoorsy type. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and features delicate and power-cleanse modes. The power-cleanse mode gives you 20 extra seconds to include the decollate, or extra time for problem areas. Any skin type can use this model. Delicate speed is perfect for sensitive or acne-prone skin and power- cleanse is good for normal and combination skin types.

The Mia 3, previously known as the Aria, is perfect for all skin types, especially those in need of a deeper cleanse. The 3rd speed on this model provides a 30% deeper cleanse than speed 2. It comes with a charging stand and can be charged with either a USB or traditional plug.

The SMART profile is the most luxurious model offered by Clarisonic and can be used by any skin type. It features 4 speeds, the fourth being a turbo speed for the body brush head. This model is best for those who are skin savvy, or those who have been using another Clarisonic device and are looking for an upgrade. The SMART profile communicates with smart brush heads and pedi attachments to adjust speed, timing, and power. It also tracks usage of all brush heads and pedi attachments and tells you when a replacement is needed.

The alpha fit was specifically designed with men in mind. Men’s skin is 22% thicker than women’s skin, and their pores are larger. The alpha fit was designed to osculate wider to thoroughly provide an invigorating cleanse for men. The bristles of the Alpha Fit Men’s Daily Cleanse Brush Head are shorter and provide the most invigorating cleanse. They’re also beard- safe.

Whichever Clarisonic device you choose, be sure you charge it for the full 24 hours before the first use to ensure the longevity of your device.

NEW!! Clarisonic Mia Fit!

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The latest device from Clarisonic offers the same great cleansing as the previous devices, but now comes in a sleek, upright, portable design.  Born of women wanting to use the same design as the men’s version, the Alpha Fit, the Mia Fit rests comfortably in the palm of your hand.

fitAdvances in skin care have taught us that free radicals (particles in the air), attach to our unhealthy skin cells and cause them to attack the healthy skin cells. Clarisonic cleansing systems remove 99% of the particulate matter from our skin. Wow!  Add to that some great antioxidants and an effective SPF and you’ll have a powerhouse of external aging prevention!

The Mia Fit offers two speeds. The Delicate Speed or Speed 1, is great for cleansing the cheek areas, which are more susceptible to redness, broken capillaries and environmental damage. Speed 2 is the Universal Speed that is appropriate for all. There is an extra 20 seconds added to the built-in timer so you can cleanse the neck and decollate. Nice!

It also comes standard with the Radiance brush head.  This one of the most gentle brush heads offered in the line, yet you still get the same effective cleanse as with all the brush heads. The longer, more densely-packed bristles give a more comfortable cleansing experience.  This is an excellent option for those with truly sensitive skin, but it’s suitable for all.

The charger has a base for the device to sit on while charging. You plug it in a little differently than the other models.  It comes with a USB cord that can plug it into a computer.  Or you can use a phone charger from a smart phone.  Most smart phone chargers come in two pieces, the USB cord and the power adaptor that plugs into the wall.  You can plug the USB cord from your Clarisonic charger into the power adaptor to charge your device.  The power adaptor is not included with the device. And as always, you should charge the device for a full 24 hours before the first use. This adequately charges the battery for a longer life between charges.

If this is your first cleansing brush, you have truly sensitive skin, you’re a woman who cleanses on the go, or you just want the latest model, the Mia Fit will fit your life!

Our Faves: Top 5 Makeup Removers

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VH001-calming-cleansing-solSleeping in makeup can be detrimental to skin health, primarily because your skin repairs itself overnight while you sleep. Clogged pores, the skin being unable to breathe and the possibility of increased free radical exposure caused by sleeping in makeup can hinder the skin’s repair process.

The following products are quick and easy to use to remove makeup and impurities before bed or your nightly routine.

Avene Micellar Lotion Cleansing and Make-up Remover:

This no-rinse, fragrance-free cleansing water will help to cleanse and tone skin, removing makeup and impurities while leaving skin refreshed and moisturized.

Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Klorane’s makeup remover is great for removing the most stubborn and waterproof makeup, without any oily residue left over. Using your favorite nightly cleanser is recommended after using this product.

Kate Somerville True Lash – Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover

This lash-strengthening formula makes this makeup remover a great 2-in-1 product. Lengthen, strengthen and add volume to your lashes while removing makeup and impurities before bed.

TALIKA Oil-Free Lash Conditioning Cleanser

Talkia has a similar lash-enhancing, oil-free makeup remover. This product will help remove all traces of makeup while toning your skin and improving and conditioning the structure of your lashes.

Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution

Using micellar water to remove your makeup will help you to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin without any irritations, leaving your skin with a velvety finish.

My Favorite Nudes

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NV243-perricone-md-no-lipgloss-lipgloss-spf-15The right nude lipstick for your individual skin tone is sometimes hard to find with so many beautiful options available. Each hue is a bit different, with orange, brown, pink, or neutral undertones. Once you find the shade that suits your skin tone, a nude lipstick will be your go-to color. The best trick to determine your undertone is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they appear blue, you have blue undertones. If your veins have a greenish hue, then you have yellow or warm undertones. If it’s hard for you to tell, then you probably have a neutral undertone, in which case just about any hue will work for you!

I really enjoy bareMinerals lipsticks, because they’re creamy, very pigmented, and glide on smoothly. One of my favorite nudes is Take Charge. It’s considered a nude rose with shades of brown as well. This lipstick is very hydrating but delivers a luxurious satin finish. Jane Iredale carries a blue under toned lipstick called Melody, which is a subtle yet rich pop of color. The Vitamin A and C extracts deliver antioxidant protection to the delicate lip area. Melody has an amazing scent of pomegranate and blueberry that’s just intoxicating. For a matte look, I like to start with a lip liner base which insures that my lippy will last a lot longer. Jane Iredale’s nude lip pencil is made with oils and waxes that make it a breeze to apply. It has a pink undertone that brings out my true lip color for a very natural look. One more for our glossy gals out there is the Perricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss SPF 15. This is not your typical sticky, thick gloss—it has a very smooth texture and conditions your lips. It’s also an anti-aging lip serum that mimics the natural color of the inside of your lips. This amazing lip gloss provides UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15 to guard against sun damage.

Must-Have Products under $25

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tweezerTweezerman Slant Tweezers: The best tweezers you’ll ever use. They stay sharp for what seems like forever, and if by chance they don’t, you can send them to Tweezerman to have them sharpened. (You just have to pay the shipping cost). They’re worth every penny of $23, considering how long they last, and how well-made they are.

NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm: Unlike any other lip balm I’ve ever tried, it leaves a soft silky finish and dries matte. I use it nightly to maintain baby-soft lips, and even my kids love it.

Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash: This refreshing gel cleansercleanser works great and smells amazing. It keeps skin clear without being overly drying.

Beautyblender: I absolutely love this sponge. (I devoted a whole post to it). Everyone needs one in my opinion. Applying my makeup is so quick and easy since I incorporated it into my daily routine, and my makeup looks flawless.

Archipelago Botanicals Oat Milk Body Lotion: Very moisturizing without being greasy. Smells great and keeps the skin hydrated for hours.

UltraLuxe Drying Potion: Banish blemishes overnight with this soothing, nondrying potion. UltraLuxe uses the purest essential oils to create this potion that works to disinfect the pore and clear blemishes quickly.

h2oH2O plus Hand and Nail Cream: If you’re a frequent hand washer like me, then your hands are probably dry. I love this stuff; I keep one tube in my purse and one by my bed. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave hands greasy. It’s a steal at only $5!

Farmhouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask: Love chocolate? Does your skin need hydration or radiance? Then this is the mask for you! Its smooth creamy texture leaves skin supple and velvety, and smells good enough to eat.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Natural Tint: The best dry shampoo I’ve used. A little goes a long way, it smells fresh, and doesn’t leave a powdery look or feel.

Butter London Nail Polish: Super-shiny and lasts at least a week with no chips. I love these nail polishes, they’re worth the splurge.

Vichy Thermal Spa Water: This water comes from 4,000 meters under the earth in Vichy, France, and is VH010-vichy-thermal-spa-waterrich in skin-soothing minerals and trace elements. I apply it before and after my makeup and carry a travel size in my purse for whenever I feel my skin needs a pick-me-up throughout the day.

butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil: These pencils are my go-to! They go on creamy, last all day, and are deeply-pigmented.

Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist: I spray a little bit of this dry oil on my hair after I flat iron. It makes my hair shiny and silky smooth without weighing it down or looking oily.


Welcome Kat Burki to SkinStore!

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I am always excited when a new brand is added to SkinStore. Our buyers only bring in brands that have proven results and those they believe are going to be loved by our loyal SkinStore customers. Kat Burki developed a skin care line that contains Cell-Communicating Ingredients that assist in repairing damaged skin cells. Her mission is to create intelligent formulas for maximum beauty. After some research, I realized this is a very innovative brand. Kat Burki incorporated a cold-pressing method into her product production.

Simply put, this is when oils are kept at a constant temperature so they are never degraded, and the ingredients maintain a high antioxidant level. Some skin care formulas require heating to set the ingredients, but all of Kat Burki’s oils and complex ingredients are cold-poured once they are cold-pressed into their base formulas. She believes cold-processing ensures that the product contains its maximum effectiveness to deliver results that are very visible. She does not use binders, fillers, or water to create her base. Every ingredient she uses fights signs of aging.

After reviewing the Kat Burki line, I was instantly drawn to the Rose Hip Intense Recovery Eye Serum. I am all about trying a new eye product! This product promises to reawaken your eyes and given the ingredients it contains, I have some high expectations. This eye serum is powered by the antioxidants rose hip, Vitamin C, DMAE, and Retinol.  This eye serum works to diminish dark circles, uneven skin tone, puffiness, dryness and fine lines. What more could you ask of an eye product? I have read many reviews stating the texture is extremely lightweight and a little goes a long way. This product sounds like the perfect pick-me-up after too little sleep.

UG008-kat-burki-vitamin-c-intensive-face-creamThe second product I have my eye on is the Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream. This luxurious lightweight face cream provides 15% Vitamin C that calms and heals, while delivering protection against free radical damage. This product sounds like a great brightening/anti-aging product that will tackle many skin care concerns. Even customers who have sensitive skin seem to be fine using this product.  These are just two Kat Burki products to get excited about. Come check her line out and experience something new!

Cleanse with a Splash!

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ernoDr. Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who began formulating products to heal Hungarian Princess Stephanie’s acne. Due to his success, he went on to open an institute of scientific cosmetology. Later his clients would include Hollywood’s A-List actresses, including Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. In the 1960s his treatments were highly sought after.

Today, you can take part in the regimens that were responsible for the most glamorous complexions.  This line offers several cleansing bars. The most popular is the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. There is a distinct way to maximize your results with these cleansers. Start by filling your basin with comfortably hot water. Dip the cleansing bar into the hot water and gently massage wet bar over the face, and then repeat. Set bar aside and then massage the face and neck with fingertips. Splash your face 20 times with the water from the basin to cleanse and stimulate the skin. Splash your face again 10 times with comfortably hot running water to rinse the skin. Blot the skin dry. Follow with the Erno Laszlo toners, treatments and moisturizer prescribed specifically for your skin.

Dr.  Laszlo was known to have said, “I taught America’s high society ladies to wash their faces.” Now we know how to as well.

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