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Introducing…Skin Authority!

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SkinStore is excited to present the newest line to our skin care family, Skin Authority!   Skin Authority has been in business for 10 Skin Authorityyears and has made great advancements in skin care.  Building on the growth factor technologies used in SkinMedica and founding the AOX (antioxidant) technology used in SkinCeuticals, the team at Skin Authority has produced highly effective anti-aging products.  Their motto is to live a healthy skin lifestyle.

There’s a product for every skin type and concern in this multi-functional product line. One of my favorite features is the Dry-Finish Technology.  These products penetrate the skin leaving no residue and are very lightweight. All of the products in this line are truly effective. I saw instant results with the Dramatic Eye Lift, Wrinkle Reversing Serum and Moisturizing Lift Cream.

What impressed me the most is  VitaD Fortified Illumination Duo.  A high percentage of Americans have deficiency in vitamin D and don’t even know it. This can contribute to cancers, skin conditions such as rosacea and vitiligo and a host of other problems. The VitaD Topical Elixir helps deliver vitamin D to the skin and stimulates the body to make its own. But not only that, this multi-tasker firms and brightens.  I noticed increased firmness upon the second application. I was very impressed, what girl doesn’t like to see results fast!?


Staff Favorites: Elizabeth

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RoseHere’s a must have list of my top three body products!

For an instant overhaul on my flip-flop worn feet, my sole-saver is Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Repair. It’s a foot butter that delivers results! I love that it’s not too greasy and it absorbs quickly so I can slip into some sandals and be on my way.  It has a fresh scent and soothing ingredients like Calendula Extract and Shea Butter. My heels feel much less cracked and my calluses almost disappear.  Gives my feet a little energy and puts a spring back in my step!

To get smooth all over my go-to exfoliator is AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt.  From the first time I used this, I knew I loved it. It’s a liquid-gel that I just smooth all over two minutes before I get in the shower.  When it rinses clean I have softer, smoother, exfoliated skin without any scrubbing, rough granules or any mess!  A total win!  Now I’m ready to apply my self-tanner and or a body lotion.

Speaking of lotion, my absolute favorite is Korres Jasmine Body Butter. I would bathe in this if I could and oh, I can because they have a matching shower gel. Score! The fragrance is so ultra-feminine and just beautiful. I would use it for that alone however, I also get anti-aging and uber hydration benefits without any ingredients I don’t want. You definitely get a healthy glow from this emollient dream. The Korres line is natural and made in Greece. They are known for their luxurious body butters that come in array of fragrances. There’s bound to be one that becomes your “signature scent”.

You can find my top faves on SkinStore.com!


NUXE Body Contouring Experts – Cellulite Begone!

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Did you know that there are two types of cellulite? Embedded cellulite is deep-set adipose cellulite that creates a rigid, quilted appearance under the skin. Infiltrated cellulite is linked to water retention and creates a bubbly, thickened appearance under the skin. We don’t like either type, or even the word ‘cellulite’, and we’re sure you don’t enjoy it either. Good thing there is research, scientists, and help from NUXE Paris!

NUXE Paris has created two remarkable new products that address both types of cellulite; Body-Contouring Serum for Embedded Cellulite, and Body-Contouring Oil for Infiltrated Cellulite. Pick one to address your type of cellulite, or use both if you’re looking to solve all those jiggle wiggle problems!

Body-Contouring Serum for Embedded Cellulite is a lightweight quick-absorbing serum that leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. The product helps to reduce the appearance of orange peel skin with its potent concentration of caffeine and cocoa polyphenols. Furthermore, yacon extract helps to reduce the appearance of embedded fat and dimpled skin, while Brazilian mimosa and glaucine extract help to improve skin elasticity and overall appearance. In a 56 day dermatological study, 74% of participants agreed that the appearance of orange-peel skin was visibly reduced, 100% of participants agreed that their skin felt smoother, and 72% of participants agreed that the thigh circumference appeared more refined.

Body-Contouring Oil for Infiltrated Cellulite contains ten essential oils that help to diminish the dimpled appearance of the skin, caused by engorged tissues. Sesame, hazelnut, and macadamia oils combined with cocoa extract help to improve skin firmness and elasticity, while increasing skin smoothness and tone. In a 28 day dermatological study 100% of the participants agreed that their skin felt smoother, and 85% of participants agreed that their skin looked and felt better toned.

If you’re looking for powerful, effective results combine both serum and oil to combat cellulite. Use both products morning and night for effective results, and for better product absorption make sure to exfoliate with the new NUXE Fondant Body Scrub!

How will you battle cellulite this summer? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!


Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules

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Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss CapsulesFall in love with your skin again.  Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules will help bring back the radiance to your skin that the cold winter weather may have hidden.  Any skin type will benefit from the luxuriously scented with rose for the morning and lavender for the evening.  Just one jar gives day and night rejuvenation.

Simply twist the capsule to release the oil into your hand and gently massage onto your face.  These aromatic oils are full of antioxidants. They help strengthen and repair skin, calm any inflammation and de-stress your complexion giving you healthy, hydrated skin.  They are perfect for anyone who travels a lot or just needs a pick-me-up.  These little jewels are so worth picking up!


Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

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Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB CreamIf you are a fan of Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals but just wished it had more coverage, your wish has been granted! This Beauty Balm has all the benefits of Jane’s 12 times micronized, or ground down, pure minerals in a liquid with medium to full coverage.

Foundation that acts like a treatment. It gently exfoliates, diminishes wrinkles, won’t clog pores, and soothes skin, all while moisturizing. And it’s great for all skin types.

You’ll love the glow you get using this foundation. Start your layering right with

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener. Both of these minimize the appearance of pores, will give you a smooth finish and are incredibly anti-aging.  They don’t call it “The Skin Care Make-Up” for nothin’!

This long-wearing make-up will have people asking “what are you doing with your skin?” “It looks so good!”


My Review of Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum

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Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye SerumAre you looking like you just came from an all-night party?  Puffy eyes with some dark circles and fine lines showing the cracks in your make-up?  Well, brighten up!  Dr. Perricone has made a skin-usable Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum that delivers!  The formulation doesn’t dissipate once it’s applied to the skin. Just smooth this silky liquid over the eye area for firmer, brighter, younger-looking eyes.

Oh, and BONUS, this serum is also amazing on the fine lines around your mouth. I noticed INSTANT, yes I said instant, improvement when I just put a drop of this on those pesky fine lines starting to creep in on my upper lip.  Lines eradicated (happy dance).   Since I saw that, I decided to put it on my whole mouth.  My lips became plumper, more defined and softer.  I almost love it more as a lip treatment than for the eyes. But it’s great for both.

Yet another benefit, it pairs really well with the Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift.  If you need an eye lift and were going to buy just that product by itself, it will run you $98.00. However, you can get both full- size products in the Perricone MD Eye Lift Synergy Kit for the same price! Score!


Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water

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Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing WaterI have to admit, the name of this cleanser didn’t exactly call my name. But after I tried it I decided I wanted to know more. Dragon’s Blood is actually a red resin that comes from a flowering plant native to South America.  Not actual blood from a dragon. Good enough for me.

The first thing I noticed about this liquid cleansing water was the fresh, clean, light smell of roses. This is not the smell of your grandma’s rose scented lotion. Oh, no no. This is a breath of fresh air.

Next I realized you don’t have to rinse it off! You heard me right! No rinsing. What a time-saver! After a long day you can now come home, put a pump of this on a cotton round and take all your make-up off, without having to drown yourself at the sink rinsing your regular cleanser down the drain. It just dries by itself. Easy-peasy.

Lastly, I noticed the plumping effect it had on my skin.  Plumper skin looks firmer. It’s a nice little trick. You can super-charge that effect by using the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic with it. Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture and will revive your skin. It also sets mineral makeup. You can check out the entire line here.


Hampton Sun SPF 15 Hydrating Face Cream

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Hampton Sun SPF 15 Hydrating Face CreamWant an anti-aging moisturizer disguised as sun protection? You got it here with Hampton Sun SPF 15 Hydrating Face Cream. Anyone that has used sun protection knows that a good one can be hard to find. They can feel heavy, smell bad and/or go on too white. Not Hampton Sun.  This oil-free, fragrance-free formulation with Zinc is as light as they come. Typically products with Zinc can be very heavy so I was impressed to learn that not only is Zinc, my preferred form of sunscreen for its instant efficacy and healing qualities, the sun protection but it’s choked full of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals that cause damage and aging.

That alone would grab my attention but it also contains ginger, an antioxidant that Increases radiance, decreases inflammation, cucumber strengthens connective tissue, relieves redness,  aloe and chamomile to soothe, seaweed firms skin, gingko biloba  helps with  sun damage repair.   Not only do I love it for its ingredients, I also love it for what’s not in it like parabens and PABA.

This power-house product is going to be great for all skin types but especially those with normal/combination  to oily.


Determining Your Skin Type

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In a world where skin care products are so specialized, it can be a bit confusing knowing what to look for and which ones will work best for you. Not to fear, your answer is here! Half the battle is knowing what skin type you Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serumhave. To make it simple, we’ll discuss the three most common types.

Dry Skin:

Dry skin is generally characterized by smaller pores on and around the nose and forehead. This type of skin needs the most moisture. Under moisturized, dry skin can experience some oiliness when it needs hydration. Overly dry skin will work harder to produce the oil it craves, once properly hydrated, the oil subsides. Rough patches and flakiness can be exfoliated away with a scrub or peel. Extremely dry or inflamed skin can be calmed with products containing soothing ingredients such as chamomile.

What to look for: Creams rich in oils, such as Jojoba and Avocado, Glycerin, Lanolin and Shea Butter.

What to avoid: AHA’s and BHA’s with high concentrations. Acids typically make the skin drier.

Pevonia Botanica is a great line for dry skin. Formulated with botanicals and gentle ingredients, this line is wonderful at hydrating and protecting delicate skin.  For a glimpse into the regimen, you might try the Pevonia Your Skincare Solution Dry Skin Pack.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum are amazing for strengthening and hydrating dry skin. Just squeeze open one little capsule and you will see and feel a difference!

For mature dry skin Tensage Advanced Cream offers hydration, collagen building, and wrinkle softening.

Combination Skin:

The most common type of skin is combination. Skin that is combination will have medium to large pores on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. This skin tends to see some oil in the T-zone and is drier on the cheeks. Balancing the combo type can be tricky. Sometimes using two types of products can be most effective. Such as using dry skin products on the cheeks and products for oily skin on the forehead, nose and chin. When unbalanced, you will see congestion, black or whiteheads and occasional breakouts.

What to look for: Gentle cleansers, oil-free hydrators, spot treatments, balancing products.

What to avoid: Super-moisturizing oils, soap–based cleansers, waxes that can clog skin, Alcohols.H2O Plus Face Oasis Cleansing Water

Vichy Neodovial GF Skin for Normal to Combination Skin will help firm the jawline and reduce the appearance of fine lines! This moisturizer is richer in texture so it’s perfect for winter months.

Need a pick me up? Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist will not only balance your skin with the scent of fresh roses. It will also set mineral make-up!  Can be used just in the morning or all day as a refresher.

H2O Plus Face Oasis Cleansing Water is an ultra-foaming, oil free, liquid cleanser that will work wonderfully with a cleansing brush to help balance out combination skin.

Oily Skin:

Oily skin tends to have larger pores throughout the T-Zone and cheeks. It’s most common for this type to be blemish-prone, however all types can experience pore congestion such as black or whiteheads and breakouts. Controlling oil and acne are the main concerns for oily skin. Moisturizers and foundations with a matte finish will help to keep shine at bay. Acids will help exfoliate, heal blemishes and kill bacteria. Keep in mind, over-use of acids can strip the skin making it too dry resulting in an over-production of oil to compensate which can create more breakouts. Over time, the use of oil-free moisturizer will help balance hyper-active oil glands and bring skin back to manageability. Using an enzyme exfoliant 2-3 times a week is also an effective way to keep skin cells turning over and clear acne.Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

What to look for: Salicylic Acid (BHA). gel formulations, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid (AHA), and matte finish products.

What to avoid:  Scrubs with beads than can infect and spread acne bacteria, stripping the skin with too much acid.

Have oily skin that needs help with anti-aging as well as clearing acne? Suki Balancing Day Lotion boosts collagen synthesis, and calms inflammation. It’s a multi-tasking, age fighting moisturizer.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel is a peel that will help with acne scarring, fine lines and moisture. Pineapple and Papaya enzymes are natural exfoliants that will help smooth your skin without causing infection to existing acne.

Gel cleansers are ideal for oily skin. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel is going to brighten, clarify and exfoliate all in one! Address fine lines and wrinkles while you do a deep pore cleanse and wash away dirt make-up and impurities.


Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment [GIVEAWAY]

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Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle TreatmentWhen you hear the phrase “bring the spa home” this treatment truly fits the bill.  You can give yourself an oxygen facial two times a day.  Getting oxygen to your skin is helping it to breathe. It’s literally a breath of fresh air for your face! It will make you say Aaahhhh!

Just a few stripes of this lavender scented mist on each part of your face followed by a relaxing massage makes this quench a luxurious part of your day.  You get hydration and a lift with smoother skin.

What I love about this is if you have normal/combination to oilier skin you can use it in place of a moisturizer. Check out these amazing before and after photos!

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