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Hostess with the Mostess

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The weather is getting colder and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Soon your calendar will be full of fancy parties and beautiful dinners to attend that are a bit more elegant than the barbecues we went to all summer. It’s customary to bring a small gift for the host or hostess as a thank you. The most common and generic gift is a bottle of wine. YAWN!! Boring! Everyone brings wine as a gift, it has been way overdone. Instead show up to a party with an awesome gift that shows you put a little thought and effort into it! Here’s a few of our favorite party gift ideas that are sure to impress.Philosophy Thank You Set

Philosophy Thank You Set ($20) Raspberry sorbet shower gel and lip shine in great packaging, no need to wrap!

Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Festive Bauble ($15) This Christmas ornament is filled with the popular Black Peppercorn shower gel. Men will love this gift! It is also available in 7 other Molton Brown scents.

NEST Fragrances Scented Candle-HolidayNEST Fragrances Scented Candle – Holiday ($34) This candle smells like Christmas with a blend of Pine, Cinnamon, Amber and Vanilla. Classy gift for any party you attend.

Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Starter Kit ($15) Hair care set is great for that friend who travels often. Smells amazing and works with all hair types.

bareMinerals Magnificent Seven Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Sampler ($18) Set of purse size lip bareMinerals Magnificent Seven Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Samplerglosses in a beautiful array of colors.

These amazing hostess gifts will not disappoint! You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.

 


How Pumpkins can make you Gourd-geous!

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ARCONA Pumpkin LotionHalloween is drawing near and pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o-lanterns and lattes. Pumpkins are loaded with healthy benefits. They are packed full of fiber and vitamin A. Plus pumpkin seeds are high in omega fatty acids. All of which makes this fall icon the perfect ingredient to fabulous skincare. Here are some of the amazing pumpkin inspired products that SkinStore offers.

ARCONA Pumpkin Body Lotion 10%

This body lotion boasts a spicy pumpkin scent and exfoliates dry skin while hydrating at the same time. You will feel the tingle of the glycolic eating away all the dead skin cells and curing your body of alligator skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel and Reveal Dermal Resurfacer

This is a facial resurfacer with pumpkin enzymes to reveal smooth younger looking skin. No more dull skin with pumpkin enzymes and lactic acid. Your skin will have a noticeably radiant glow.

FarmHouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Mud MaskFarmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Mask

Such a fun autumn mask! This affordable clay mask has a bit of a tingle that gives incredible results. Perfect for combination to oily skin types to help pull out the impurities and evening out skin tone.

You can find these fabulous pumpkin  products on SkinStore.com!


The Truth About Retinol

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A retinol based product can be found in almost every beauty line available and it easy to see why. Retinol, or vitamin shutterstock_21728725A, has the ability to increase collagen production. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions from acne to visible signs of aging.

Retinol gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin from the surface and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and dark spots. Retinol is a great addition to any skincare routine for many skin types but be aware you should allow 4-6 weeks for results to show noticeable and lasting results.

As many consumers are aware, the largest downside of retinol products is increased photo sensitivity. Because the retinol acts as an exfoliant, it exposes skin to environmental elements. It is proven that retinol does increases risk of sunburn but not an increase in development of skin cancer. It is high recommended that consumers stop tanning in UVB tanning beds while using retinol products. Users who are cautious of sun exposure or know they may be exposed can mix their retinol products with an SPF product or restrict their usage primarily at night.

Typical side effects include redness and photosensitivity. Overuse of Retinoid can cause peeling, shedding or excess dryness so it suggested that users limit their use to 3 times a week until the symptoms subside. Stop using retinol based products if skin becomes irritated, itches or burns. Active ingredients like retinol or other acids can cause activity like a light tingling sensation but should never burn. This said vitamin A or retinol products are not recommended for pregnant women or clients with skin conditions like Eczema and/or Rosacea.

Like any skincare product, if used correctly retinol can offer amazing results. Some of our retinol favorites include SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 for expereinced retinol users and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 .

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!


Benefits of Cucumber

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Cucumbers aren’t just for your Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydrating Serumsalads anymore. Who knew that this humble fruit was so impressive? The skincare benefits are endless. With 90% water content cucumbers share the same level of hydrogen that we have in our skin, which makes it the perfect pairing!

They are full of vitamins and antioxidants that help address a wide array of skincare concerns. The seeds have amazing anti-inflammatory properties; the juice is great for skin tightening and acts as a bleaching agent to give you glowing skin. Ever wonder if those cucumber slices over your eyes actually did anything? Well they do! Cucumbers have both vitamin K and silica that combat dark circles and improve circulation. You can rid toxins from eating and applying cucumber skin care products.

Peter Thomas Roth has just introduced a new cucumber skincare line. It is perfect for anyone that wants to achieve fresh, replenished, and glowing skin. There is a cleanser, serum and treatment mask that is perfect for any skin type. They are soap-free, oil-free, sulfate-free and alcohol-free. Trust me your skin will thank you!

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


Dangers of Sleeping in Eye Makeup

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You crawl into bed after an exhausting day. Your sleepy head hits the pillow and you are snuggled up for a much deserved restful night’s sleep when you realize you forgot to wash your face. You may think “what harm can one night of sleeping in my makeup really do?” A lot actually! Knowing what I know now about sleeping in eye makeup I can promise you I will NEVER do it again. There are the obvious drawbacks from sleeping in makeup like dirty pillow cases and waking up with makeup all over your face, but there are some more serious repercussions.

Mascara dries out eye lashes and if you are not taking the time to remove it at night your lashes are just getting brittle. They’re actually thinning, breaking and falling out. Mascara and liner cause bacteria to build up in the eye which can cause irritation, bloodshot eyes and styes. A stye is a painful bump formed in the gland of the eye. They are noticeable and to be honest quite ugly. These reasons alone are enough to make me drag my lazy butt out of bed to wash my face. But wait…there is more! EYE MITES! Eye mites are tiny microscopic bugs that live in the hair follicles of your lashes and brows. Everyone has them unfortunately, but if you don’t wash your face than you are giving them a chance to multiply. Now they have all that yummy eye makeup to munch on so they can get bigger, stronger and lay more eggs. Within a few days those eye mites have hatched, grown and are laying their own eggs. Stop the madness and wash your face!

A few of our favorite eye makeup removers and cleansers are Kate Somerville True Lash- Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover, Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, ARCONA Triad Pads. You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


Beauty Tip: Avoid the Green Scene

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Ever heard of blonde hair turning green from swimming in a pool? Unfortunately, this is not an urban legend. Being a blonde myself I am super cautious about getting my hair wet in the pool and I am way too insecure to go around rocking a swim cap. So, over the years I have picked up a few tricks to help prevent those dreaded green pool tresses.

One tip that I hear a lot is to wet your hair before you go in the pool. The idea is that your hair will absorb the tap water and not the pool water. I always pictured having to either take a shower to wet my hair or drench my hair with a garden hose in order to do this. Since it was such a hassle I only did this a handful of times. I was recently complaining to a friend of mine about the hardships of being blonde, like the expense, stupid jokes and green pool hair when she suggested that I carry a water spray bottle in my pool bag so I could conveniently spray my hair before jumping in the pool. This was the most brilliant idea I have ever heard (maybe some of these blonde jokes have a point). So now I carry a small spray bottle with tap water and I like to add a few drops of conditioner to give my hair some extra protection. I also try to shampoo my hair as soon as I am done with the pool. So far I have avoided the green scene and the swim cap!

Looking for more sun protection hair products for summer? Here are a few of our favorites!

Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil: The UV filter in Protective Sun Veil ensures this product’s “high” protection levels, ideal for natural, unchanged hair. The photo-protective agent obtained from the Sunflower blossom effectively completes hair fiber protection.

Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask: Enriched with palm butter and phospholipids of natural origin, this Repairing After Sun Mask restructures sun damaged hair and instantly detangles it. This mask also protects and nourishes hair for supple and soft results.

Alterna BAMBOO UV Color Protection Vibrant Color Conditioner: Vibrant Color Conditioner combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract with color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract. This paraben and sodium chloride free conditioner infuses hair with nourishing moisture and vital nutrients to keep it strong and healthy with beautifully vibrant color. With rinse resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology this conditioner provides the highest level of color protection.

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.

 


Bridal Boot Camp

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shutterstock_19241341Wedding season is here. Even if you are not the bride chances are you are attending a wedding in the near future. Weddings are great, but they are even better when you show up looking superhot! Everyone puts their best foot forward for these events so it’s time to step up your game. That means beautiful hair, nails, teeth and skin. Luckily for you we have put together a to do list so your wedding look doesn‘t disappoint.

Weeks before the wedding you need to address your skin and teeth. I would start bleaching your teeth as soon as you mail in your wedding RSVP reply card. There are plenty of ways to achieve a pearly white smile. You may use toothpaste that whitens or even teeth bleaching gizmos, whatever you choose start working on a whiter smile as soon as possible. Teeth whitening is a process and the longer you treat your teeth the better the results. We suggest Supersmile Professional Whitening System.  Simply brush your teeth for 2 minutes a day for dramatically whiter teeth without messy trays!

When it comes to perfecting your skin a great way to clear up any skin concerns is by starting some glycolic treatments. Glycolic is a fantastic way to clear up skin without having to go through a lengthy peeling process. Plus glycolic gives your skin a healthy looking glow! One of the best go to glycolic treatments on the market is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. For best results use consistently 2-3 times a week for one month. Your skin will look A-MAZING!

Another way to obtain a beautiful glow is with nice self-tanner. One BIG reason I love self-tanners is you look instantly thinner when your skin is tan. Let’s be honest tan legs look much more toned than pasty legs. Self-tanners are super simple to use too. Get in the shower, exfoliate the skin, shave, get out and apply moisturizer. Next, apply the self-tanner, I prefer spray on tanners for hard to reach areas like the back, and then wash your hands after. Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush is my go to product!  Just remember to do all your waxing and shaving BEFORE applying self-tanner. There is nothing worse than a beautifully bronzed face with a white upper lip and brows!

Now that your teeth and skin are a vision of glowing perfection it’s time to address the hair and nails. When it comes to hair and nails anything goes. Nail art is all the rage right now. The things people are doing with their nails today is nothing short of amazing. One look that isn’t amazing is dirty and chipped nails. Don’t show up to a wedding looking like you just spent the day digging in the garden. The same goes for your hair. Keep in mind the type of wedding you are attending when choosing a hair style, elegant, beachy or casual, show up looking like you belong and not out of place. Once your look is on point you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that you look your very best!

You can find the products mentioned in the article at SkinStore.com.


Summer Revamp

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shutterstock_35600407Summer is almost here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys that go along with summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine hair. What is a beach beauty to do?

Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.

Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!

Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.

Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!


Dry Brush Your Way to Bikini Season!

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EB008-sisal-body-brushWhen I first heard of dry brushing a few years ago I thought the procedure was a silly gimmick. I have since realized all the many benefits dry brushing has to the skin and body. It is a very simple and affordable way to detox and help stimulate the skin with loads of benefits.

One of the most remarkable benefits that I’ve personally noticed is how it treats the appearance of cellulite. The brushing stimulates the skin and brings nutrients and oxygen to the dermis. The brush helps to even fat distribution deposits in the skin so it doesn’t appear so lumpy. Circulation and oil-producing glands are stimulated and improve skin tone and reduces the need for body lotion.

The procedure to dry brush is very simple and actually feels very nice. Use a natural non-synthetic brush, the bristles should be stiff, but not hard. Use on dry skin with a dry brush and brush in long sweeps towards the heart. When dry brushing your stomach go counterclockwise to help release toxins and improve digestion. Your skin should look slightly flushed, but not red and irritated. Ideally you would do your entire body in the morning and again in the evening for best results. It is a super cheap way to get getting beautiful skin.

Check out the Eight Skincare Moisture Sisal Body Brush available now at SkinStore.com!


Alpha “Amazing” Beta Glow Pads

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DG131-dr-dennis-gross-alpha-beta-glow-padDo you want realistic color and quick? Spring is here and as soon as you know it, we’ll be saying hello to Summer! With a quick and easy application, you can achieve your golden hues in just a few painless swipes. The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads are enriched with microencapsulated DHA & soy proteins.  They also have included Vitamin D into their formulation along with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids to help tighten pores, eliminate blackheads, fade existing dark spots while providing a streak-free glow. Each easy pad application can provide long lasting color without odors and with added anti-aging benefits.  The color is realistic and not fake looking since it adjusts to your natural skin tone. We love these color quick fix pads and you should too! So before you go out to your local department store and vouch to do a messy self- tan application, remember you can find these Alpha Beta Glow Pads at SkinStore.com.

And now, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better… Dr. Dennis Gross has come out with Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Body. Yes, you read that correctly – the same great technology is now packed into a larger pad making it easier than ever to get glowing skin on your entire body. The Alpha- Beta Glow Pad for Body is the only exfoliating & anti-aging self-tanner with Active Vitamin D that firms, smooths bumpy skin, and helps reduce hair growth. We are amazed and you will be too!



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