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New from Beautyblender!

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If you love the flawless look that you get from applying foundation with your Beautyblender, you can now apply your cream blush with one too. This new Beauty Blusher is a medium-sized sponge will help you use less product and get an amazing application. Simply wet the sponge, wring out the excess, apply product to the sponge, bounce over the apples of your cheeks, and voila! You have a flush of color that enhances your gorgeous complexion.

Speaking of the original Beautyblender, Red Carpet is the latest must-have limited-edition shade.  Make every day a special occasion with this sponge.  You can glam yourself up like the pros for an award-winning event or just look stunning for a hot date. Your favorite face- finishing tool just got a little bit of sass!

beautyblenderThought Beautyblender couldn’t get any cooler?  They just did, with the introduction of the Liner Design. This triple-edged eyeliner tool comes with a compact and a 5x magnifying mirror to help your create the perfect line that will stay in place after it’s applied. Go from a cat eye to a smoky eye with ease.  You can design and create your best look yet!


More Than Just SPF!

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TP064-topix-replenix-sheer-physical-sunscreen-cream-spf-50Our skin needs UV protection, now more than ever. We’re constantly exposed to UV light—even indoors—due to computers, smartphones, and lights in offices and stores. Even if we’re not out in the sun, we still need to shield our skin from potential danger. And now with higher SPF products that do more than just one thing, it’s even easier. Here’s some of our faves:

Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 is an amazing treatment sunscreen. It’s chock full of antioxidant protection and contains Emblica fruit extract, which helps smooth your skin’s texture. The creamy formula is also hydrating, so just by putting on your sun protection, you get smoother, softer skin. We also love what’s not in it: artificial fragrance, oil and parabens. This weightless formula dries translucent with no unsightly white cast. Yes, please!

We often hear from people with oily skin that they are just not fans of SPF. They don’t like the heavy, greasy feel. We think you might change your mind with this one. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 provides 3-in-1 benefits.  It will set makeup, control oil and provide antioxidant-rich sun armor. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up during the day, and it also comes in a purse size which is ideal for re-application.

Summer means we will just naturally be in the sun more often. For some of us that means hyperpigmentation surfacing. La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Tone Correcting Primer is a tinted primer with their trademark CELL-OX Shield technology which has sun filters and antioxidants. But it also conceals a myriad of skin conditions such as redness, acne marks and scarring, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and even melasma! All while creating a smooth foundation for makeup. This must-have is also suitable for sensitive skin. How can it get any better?

 

 


Anti-Aging Sun Protection that Self-Adjusts to your Perfect Shade!

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hydropepetideHydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is the perfect anti-aging sun protector. We know that external factors such as sun and daily pollution are major contributors to lines and wrinkles, darks spots and an unhealthy-looking complexion.

As you can infer from the name, HydroPeptide products are formulated to hydrate and reduce signs of aging with skin- repairing peptides. So it only makes senses to put that same technology in an SPF, right? This product has the active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc, so it’s a physical sunscreen that goes to work right away—no need to wait before you actually go out in the sun or in front of any UV light-emitting source.

This lightweight, non-greasy lotion has color-adjusting spheres that self-adjust to your perfect shade, making it an excellent lightly-tinted moisturizer SPF or an under-makeup base. Simply warm it between your fingers before applying to release the color-adjusting spheres. It also clarifies the skin and combats acne. But it is excellent for all skin types even those who are not acne-prone. A light scent of cucumber makes this product really refreshing.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Prevent future damage, fight existing damage, hydrate and add a hint of color with this wonderful multi-tasker!


Love those Lips!

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lipglossOne of our favorite brands has just introduced a new set of luxurious lip gloss colors in their Marvelous Moxie line. What we love about the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie glosses is the plump and shine! A hint of peppermint oil gives your lips a little tingle and just the right amount of plump. The glossy finish is never sticky. These glosses look great alone or over your fave lipstick. The new bareMinerals Stop Gloss and Listen set offers six shades from bold to subtle. These sheer glosses provide buildable color and make a great gift!

If you prefer a more hydrating option, KORRES Lip Butters are rich, buttery balms that drench your korreslipspout in lip-softening shea and natural oils. These balms contain good-for-you ingredients and no petrolatum. They come in Mango, Guava, Jasmine, Wild Rose, and Pomegranate. All will give your lips a juicy look and a pop of color!

Another 5-Star-rated lip treat is the Soap and Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm in Juicy Peach. It’s rich in berry extracts and mango butter that soften and moisturize your lips. Our customers say the scent is not overwhelming, the product is affordable and PERFECT. We think you will love it too!

 


STAFF FAVORITE: iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus

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For those of us concerned with reducing redness, inflammation, and even rosacea, there is a wonderful serum that will bring relief! We‘ve tried other anti-redness products and even medical treatments that simply made things worse. Not to worry with this gem. Cosmeceuticals with quality ingredients tend to be better tolerated by rosacea sufferers, and Is Clinical makes excellent, high-quality cosmeceuticals.

This soothing Vitamin C serum offers so much more than just the amazing collagen-building benefits of isVitamin C. Vitamins A and E provide antioxidant protection which actually fights off harmful environmental pollution that can damage healthy skin cells. It makes your sunscreen more effective by providing photo protection, and also brightens the skin, which is helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation. We know that hyperpigmentation comes from sun damage, so these ingredients really provide a one-two punch to external aging factors. All of that makes for a really awesome product, but it also calms signs of skin irritation and is even effective in managing cystic acne.

But here’s the real deal: you see results! After my first use, I noticed an increased radiance. The first week, my skin was firmer and I also noticed it just felt more comfortable and didn’t sting as it sometimes does. Many times our customers say “I don’t mind spending the money if the product REALLY works”. This serum, and frankly the whole brand, is worth every penny!


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!


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!


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.


New SPF from La Roche Posay Anthelios!

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atheliosWe know and love La Roche Posay for their soothing formulas made with their thermal spring water.  But we really love them for their super-effective sunscreens. The sun protection line is appropriately named Anthelios, meaning, “anti-sun.” The latest product is unlike any of their previous formulations.

The Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 is going to be great for those who don’t care for the heaviness of traditional SPF products. With the dry-touch technology, there is no greasy feel to it. This is great news for combination to oily skin types. Also this oil –free formula actually absorbs excess oil, even in humidity!

With a high SPF and an anti-shine finish, this is also great for those who rock a bald head. The broad-spectrum SPF helps prevent Ultra Violet Aging (UVA) and Ultra Violet Burning (UVB) rays from damaging skin. Also, the antioxidants help negate the existing damage done by the sun.

If you want the Gold Standard in SPF we recommend La Roche Pasay Anthelios!


Why Mask?

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Masks have a variety of beneficial functions for the skin. They come in many types, as the do perks. You can find masks for brightening, hydrating, purifying, soothing, exfoliating and/or restoring.  A mask can really boost the effectiveness of your regimen, no matter your skin type.  You’ll get the greatest benefits out of a mask after exfoliation. Twice a week is all it takes to bring your skin into balance and create a youthful radiance!

Sheet masks are a great way to relax after a long day. They are pre-soaked, with cutouts for your eyes, nose and mouth. Simply unfold the sheet, place the cutouts over the appropriate areas and smooth the mask over your face to ensure it is flush with your skin.  If you have time, lie down and soak in all the nutrients.  Typically, the sheet has some extra residue even after you’ve used it. Don’t waste it. Rub it over the back of your hands, neck and decollate for an extra treatment! One of my favorites is the SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative mask.  It will soothe and cool while deeply hydrating.

sommeMud or Clay Masks are great for pulling out impurities from the skin and de-toxifying. If you have congestion such as blackheads or whiteheads this would be your go-to complexion picker-upper! Depending on the formulation, mud and clay are a little richer and a little harder to remove. You can help dissolve this type of mask a little by adding water to it and emulsifying before you remove it.  One of our newest masks is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud mask.  A little warning: it’s dark green like the moor mud so you may just blend in if you are going to the forest.  If you need camo, this is your mask!  But seriously, it’s a great choice and it was surprisingly easy to remove.  Also the Somme Institute Boost Mask warms, exfoliates, purifies, hydrates and soothes, all with a heavenly pumpkin aroma.

Lastly, the most common type of mask—cream, is the best for almost any situation.  Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is amazing before an event.  Intensely hydrating and brightening, it truly leaves you with an irresistible glow.  Just smooth over clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, or as long as time allows, and rinse with a washcloth.

Any formulation you choose will help you maximize the results of your regimen.



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