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Retinol to the Rescue

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If you’re like me, you may have sensitive skin.  I made the mistake of using Retin-A years ago because I had heard of all the amazing benefits of retinol.  It was simply too harsh for my sensitive skin and I quickly stopped using it.

So now what?  I still want to reduce these fine lines and hyperpigmention!

Luckily, when I joNIA24 Intensive Retinol Repairined NIA24 as the company’s Vice President earlier this year, I was introduced to Intensive Retinol RepairNIA24’s skin experts explained to me that Intensive Retinol Repair contains 5% of the active ingredient Pro-Niacin® which delivers niacin to the skin cells and promotes healthier looking skin.

I immediately started using the product.  Sure, I was skeptical.  I didn’t want the drying and irritation I experienced when I used Retin-A.

After just 2 weeks, I noticed my skin was smoother and my skin tone was more even!  And I didn’t have any of the horrible, itchy dryness.  After about a month, fine lines that bothered me before were gone!

So how does Intensive Retinol Repair work? This amazing product:

-Stimulates the repair of your skin’s DNA and undoes some of the damage caused by the sun, creating healthier skin.

-Enhances energy metabolism and skin cell turnover.

-Promotes the release of leptin, a natural skin repair hormone that helps to reduce existing hyperpigmentation.

-Stimulates a skin receptor that decreases future hyperpigmentation.

But don’t take my word for it!  In a seven-site, physician-directed trial, 140 patients with mild to severe sun damage used NIA24 products featuring Pro-Niacin™ daily and:

-90% reduced their in hyperpigmentation

-82% improved skin texture

-81% improved skin tone

-80% increased skin smoothness

-68% reduced their fine lines and wrinkles

-53% improved firmness

And who better to get an endorsement from than The National Cancer Institute who recently chose the Pro-Niacin™ molecule for development as a potential skin cancer prevention agent.

Start the New Year with new skin today!


New for 2014! Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil

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Wouldn’t you just love fresh Juice Beauty skin for the New Year?  Juice Beauty offers a full range of truly innovative, authentically organic & highly effective skincare solutions for all of us who would like to turn back the clock.

Juice Beauty’s best-selling Stem Cellular Collection provides the ultimate union between high tech science and nature – we’re Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oildelighted to introduce The Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil to this exciting collection.  The Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil is a softer cleanse for ageless skin – purify, soften and balance skin’s natural moisture with a deep cleanse for face and eyes.

Have you heard water cleanses better than oil?  That’s totally fiction – actually, oil binds to oil, water doesn’t.  To effectively cleanse, remove makeup and oil buildup – a gentle oil cleanser will do the trick!  Maybe you’ve also heard oil clogs pores and leads to breakouts….that’s fiction too, non-petroleum based oils can actually balance oil.  Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil doesn’t clog pores and it doesn’t dry the skin – it helps maintain skin’s natural balance.

Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil benefits:

  • Balances natural oils
  • Locks in hydration for soft, supple skin
  • Increases skin’s luminosity with fat-soluble Vitamin C
  • “Blooms” into a luxurious emulsion for easy rinse-off
  • Gently cleanses and dissolves impurities
  • Removes all makeup, including eye product
  • Provides age defy benefits with the antioxidant action of Vitamins E & C

Organic Innovation, Scientific Technology, Ultimate Results – that’s what Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular skincare products are all about.  Fruit Stem Cells and Vitamin C infused into an organic resveratrol rich grapeseed base – these ingredients work to help repair damage and increase cellular turnover, resulting in the appearance of less wrinkles and younger looking skin.

As with all Juice Beauty products, Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil is Gluten Free, Vegan and made with certified organic ingredients.

Get your fresh start to the New Year now, kick it off with Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Collection.


Bold Brows for the Holidays

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The secret to any holiday look lies in the details.  Go beyond the basics to create bold, sophisticated brows with an extra pop of Bold Browsbrightness for all of your seasonal events. Every girl knows that a pencil is the fastest, easiest way to create perfectly defined brows daily. But, when putting together the perfect holiday look, making sure your brows are as perfect as your outfit. Here are some quick tips to glam up your normal brow routine.

Bold is Beautiful. Try layering Brow Powder Duo with your favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills Pencil to create a sophisticated, dramatic look that leaves a natural finish.  Anastasia loves to outline the brows with Brow Wiz, and fill in the rest of the Brows with Brow Powder Duo.

Lighten Up. Set your brows with Tinted Brow Gel to add lightness and dimension to your brows.  Adding a shade that is one shade lighter than your brows will bring subtle sheen and focus to the eye area while setting the rest of your brow color in place.

Highlight, highlight, highlight!  The holidays are all about fun and sparkle. Use Brow Duality’s matte and shimmer side to easily highlight your brow bones and entire face.  Simply add a little of the matte side from Brow Duality to the brow bone and blend for an instantly bright and lifted look.  Add the shimmer side to the corners of the eyes and your highlighted look is complete.

Remember, the most important part of creating holiday brows is to make it special.  Do something bolder and more glam than your everyday brow routine.  This is where you get to have a little fun and play up your features with color, glitter, and shimmer. Happy Holidays!

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!


BIOBLISS Taking Beauty Deeper [GIVEAWAY]

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Did you know that over 96% of the ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams just sit on the surface of the skin and evaporate or get washed away?  If key anti-aging ingredients can’t go where your skin needs them most, how can they provide the wrinkle reducing results you are looking for?

BIOBLISS has years of experience in the field of transdermal drug delivery. BIOBLISS scientists developed patches that can transport essential ingredients into the skin conveniently, painlessly and effectively.

BIOBLISSBIOBLISS has taken skin care to a whole new level with patented micro-current patch technology.  BIOBLISS uses the same ingredients found in leading anti-wrinkle serums and delivers them in an optimal way.  Optimal Delivery for Optimal Results!  We call it “Taking Beauty Deeper”.

Each BIOBLISS patch contains a tiny battery and comes pre-loaded with a rich blend of natural wrinkle-fighting ingredients.  The micro-current from the battery starts flowing as soon as it is applied, gently pushing more anti-wrinkle ingredients to the skin than possible with a cream or serum.  It’s like a professional spa facial treatment packed into the convenience of a patch!

In a 2013 Clinical Study, after a single 30 minute Anti-Wrinkle Patch Treatment, 89% saw immediate results.   After 4 Weeks, 100% saw continued improvement in fine lines and wrinkles and 85% saw improvement in skin tone and texture.

“I was impressed with the difference between my before and my after photo from the end of the (4 week) study.  I was really happy to see such a change.”  Lynn M., Clinical Study Participant

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid - Optimizes Skin Moisture Retention
Okra Plant Extract- Toxin-Free Fine Line Relaxer for Smoothing Effect
Persian Silk Tree Extract- Revitalizes Skin Fatigue
Madagascan Herbal Extract- Promotes Healthier Skin Collagen
Advanced Matrixyl Peptide- Supports Skins Own Natural Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid
Argireline- Peptide Line Relaxer for Smoothing Botox Effect
Vitamin C- Powerful Anti-oxidant with Skin Brightening Effect

 

Click HERE for your chance to enter the giveaway!


Simple Regimen Swaps for Balanced Skin

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You’ve already put away your sundresses and sandals to make space for sweaters and boots.  Not ready to transition to heavier moisturizing creams and treatments just yet?  The good news is, you can achieve perfectly balanced skin of the dewy, not oily variety, without dramatically changing your current skin care regimen.  By paying attention to ingredients that multi-task to hydrate, protect and preserve your youthful beauty, you may be able to get away with just a product swap or two.

What is the first product that comes into contact with your freshly cleansed face?  That product should be a high quality anti-aging serum of a hydrating variety.  Although the main reason you use a serum is for anti-aging results, why not choose a multi-benefit formula that also imparts hydration.  The best serums contain peptides – chains of amino acids that support the collagen structure to nourish and combat wrinkles – and high quality moisturizing actives like Hyaluronic Acid.  Acetyl Octapeptide-3 is worth scanning labels for, it is a peptide that mimics expression-line minimizing injections, relaxing repetitive facial contractions and visibly reducing wrinkle depth by as much as 63% in a 28 day clinical study.  Hyaluronic Acid is the key moisturizing active to look for as it replenishes the skin’s barrier by attracting up to 1000 times its weight in water and as an added bonus, fills in fine lines by plumping up skin.  These ingredients can be found along with five other anti-aging peptides and the skin-firming antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid, in HydroPeptide’s Cellular Transformation Serum.

Now that you know what to look for in a serum, the next step is the right moisturizer. The serum should be applied first since it has smaller molecules that penetrate deeply to deliver hydration and the moisturizing cream that follows forms a protective HydroPeptide Anti Wrinkle Cellular Transformation Growth Serumbarrier, locking in much needed moisture.  During this time of year when heavy creams may still be too rich for your skin’s hydration needs, opt for a smart moisturizer.  Smart moisturizers are designed to adequately quench your complexion and the one you used in the warmer seasons may still be just right when applied after a very hydrating serum like HydroPeptide’s.  To eliminate the need for an additional anti-wrinkle cream, look for a smart moisturizer that also delivers anti-aging benefits – again, peptides are the key ingredient.  The collagen-boosting properties of peptides do more than visibly fill in wrinkles – healthier collagen results in more effective moisture retention.  Anti-aging smart moisturizers with built-in antioxidant treatments are not only time-savers, they help preserve the youthful look and behavior of your skin.  Insist on a formula that contains only the most powerful antioxidants – in particular Copper PCA, Green tea and Vitamin C – these help maintain a youthfulness by increasing the skin’s copper levels to help fight inflammation, improving elasticity and boosting collagen.  HydroPeptide’s Face: Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment is an example of a smart moisturizer with anti-aging peptide technology and a built-in antioxidant treatment featuring the aforementioned antioxidants plus sesame, shea and cocoa – free radical diffusers that do double duty as moisturizing actives.

During the colder part of the Fall season, your regimen may just require two simple upgrades: a hydrating and age-defying serum and a lightweight lotion that satisfies your complexion’s exact moisture needs until it’s time to bring out heavier creams for winter.  By using the right serum as a moisture booster underneath a smart moisturizer for Fall – both day and night – you’ll achieve optimal hydration and avoid looking “shiny” at the end of the day and in pictures.  Now that you know what to look for in products that work the smartest and hardest, why wait until the New Year to be noticed for your beautiful and balanced skin?!

You can find these great products and others on SkinStore.com!


Enhance the Natural Beauty of Your Eyes

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HydroPeptide Lash Longer Fuller LusherFall is the perfect time to show off the natural beauty of your eyes without makeup.  Yes, it is possible to wean yourself off of eyeshadow, liner and mascara and like how your eyes look au naturel.  Let your lips steal the show this season in delicious wine, berry and plum hues that become wearable when paired with the iconic natural eye. 

 Enhancing the natural beauty of your eyes without the help of makeup begins with your brows.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how full and defined brows frame your eyes so beautifully that you won’t feel compelled to reach for heavy liner and mascara.  Need to add a little fullness?  Growth-enhancing serums like HydroPeptide’s Lash Longer Fuller Thicker only need to be applied nightly to achieve the look of thicker and more defined brows within a few weeks.  HydroPeptide Lash nourishes lashes and brows as you sleep for dramatic improvement in volume and darkness while helping to prevent breakage. 

 HydroPeptide Anti Wrinkle Dark Circle ConcentrateVoluminous lashes are another trick to pulling off the natural eye look with confidence.  HydroPeptide Lash is also designed to enhance lash volume, darkness and length with a unique cocktail of peptides designed to safely increase growth-promoting keratin genes, prevent pigment loss in hair and help stimulate hair follicles.  Peptides are celebrated for being non-irritating as they are simply specific amino acid sequences found naturally in the body.  Depending on how they are sequenced, peptides can perform a variety of functions, from serving as the building blocks of collagen to promoting hair growth. 

 For the finishing touch, make those pretty peepers really pop by giving them a brightening boost.  All it takes is the right eye cream.  HydroPeptide’s Eye Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate immediately brightens, de-puffs and camouflages fine lines and under-eye bags with an innovative blend of crushed pearls, antioxidants and peptides.  You’ll notice instant results that continue to improve.  Now that you know the tricks to beautifying your eyes without makeup, wink and face the day with nothing more than a bold and beautiful lip color.


Topix Replenix: Your Wrinkle Fix

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TP040-ae-dermal-restructReplenix® AE products

Concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone and texture and already love other Replenix® products?   The Replenix® AE Facial Firming Therapy and Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy products, purchased separately or as a duo provide a unique, comprehensive peptide & antioxidant system that help diminish the appearance of fine lines, quench damaging free radicals and build a collagen-rich skin appearance.

The Replenix® Facial Firming Therapy relaxes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and immediately firms, tones, tightens the skin, and prepares the skin for new collagen (re-building.)

The Replenix® Dermal Restructuring Therapy cosmetically enhances rebuilding of the skin from beneath and protects the renewed skin from further damage, brightening and restoring elasticity to give a more youthful skin glow.

The Replenix® AE Facial Firming Therapy & Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy can be used together once or twice daily, with the Replenix® AE Facial Firming Therapy applied first, and the Replenix AE Dermal Restructuring afterwards or individually.

For Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serum users, adding the Replenix® AE Facial Firming and Dermal Restructuring Therapies, help create the ultimate skin care regimen for all skin types, especially those with mature or sun damaged skin.    One can use the Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy in the morning after cleansing, and before applying sunscreen.  This product, uses Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3 to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines by supporting new dermal collagen growth.  In addition, using the Replenix® Dermal Restructuring Therapy under sunscreen helps quench free radicals with therapeutic levels of green & white tea polyphenols, which is especially important during the day when UV exposure is so high.

At night, the Replenix® Facial Firming Therapy can be used after cleansing, and before applying the Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serum, to relax the appearance of surface fine-lines and wrinkles, and give immediate firming, tightening & toning to the skin, while the Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serum, works to support new collagen growth by infusing moisture and nutrients and increasing firmness & elasticity.  For dry skin types, adding the Replenix® Dermal Restructuring Therapy over the Replenix® Retinol Smoothing Serum will give further hydration, and “plumping of the dermis*” with the added benefits of Sodium Hyaluronate, and Ceramide 2 for lipid replenishment and maintenance of the barrier function.

If you love the Replenix® CF Cream or Replenix® Power of Three Cream products, you will love the Replenix® AE Dermal Restructuring Therapy, especially those with dry, mature skin.  Along with the same therapeutic levels of Green Tea Polyphenols, this product has Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3 to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines by supporting new collagen growth, Sodium Hyaluronate to intensely hydrate and plump the dermis, Ceramide 2 for lipid replenishment and maintenance of the barrier function, as well as LYCD, a cosmetic skin conditioner which has been reported to support cellular oxygenation in therapeutic topical products.

 

Find these products and other great Topix Replenix products on SkinStore!


Score Sexy, Even Post-Summer Skin

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 HydroPeptide Even OutThe end of summer justifies a new wardrobe, haircut and makeup…and as the canvas for your new Fall hues, your skin deserves some attention, too.  Whether your goal is to reverse the effects of too much fun in the sun or prevent those dreaded dark spots from cropping up in the first place – with the ever-evolving assortment of available pigment-correcting products out there, what makes a pigment corrector stand out from the bunch?   One that lightens age spots, discoloration from sun overexposure, melasma and acne scarring without causing skin irritation.  The following five skin lightening mechanisms to look for include:

1. Beta White –  a skin-brightening peptide designed to address both genetic and environmental causes of hyperpigmentation.  Peptides are specific amino acid sequences that mimic the natural signals of cell communication and repair so their biological properties can target different areas – in the case of Beta White, that property is skin lightening.  Beta White produces results without irritation as it is identical to the skin’s own structure and composition. Studies show that after only 4 weeks, 87% of subjects felt their skin was more uniform and after 8 weeks, 100% noticed their complexion looking more evenly pigmented.

2. Chromabright – a brightening molecule with the capacity to inhibit the activity of skin-darkening enzyme reactions and performed comparably to Hydroquinone in clinical studies.

3. Licorice – a treat for your taste buds and your complexion that offers an additional defense against dark spots caused by enzyme reactions.

4. Vitamin C – in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a skin lightening agent and multi-tasking antioxidant that also fights wrinkles and elasticity loss by helping to optimally nourish collagen.

5. Lactic acid – a natural exfoliator that promotes a more even skin tone by speeding fresh new skin to the surface while simultaneously brightening surface-level skin.

From a peptide at clinical strength to a botanical extract, this diverse skin lightening cocktail is setting a new standard for results that can be achieved by pigment correctors. For the benefits of all five dark spot-correcting ingredients together, try HydroPeptide’s Even Out Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector.  Spice up your Fall beauty routine with radiant, even toned skin and look flawlessly chic season after season!


5 Minute Bold Brows

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Bold BrowBold, perfectly defined brows are simple and easy if you have the right tools.  Even when you don’t have time to put any other makeup on, perfectly defined brows will pull any look together in an instant.

At Anastasia Beverly Hills, our beauty must-haves include 3 best-sellers that we couldn’t live without.  Brow Wiz, Brow Duality, and Clear Brow Gel.

Here’s how to achieve bold brows in five minutes (or less) and transform the look of your entire face, complete with some tips from brow expert, Anastasia Soare.

Step One:

Use Brow Wiz to gently outline your ideal brow shape.  Then, fill in your brow with tiny, hair like strokes with its ultra-slim mechanical tip.  Blend with the attached spooley brush for a natural finish.

Anastsia’s Tip:

“Make sure to create clean lines on the top and bottom of the brows when outlining your ideal brow shape with Brow Wiz.  This is my favorite pencil because you can create a perfectly precise brow that still looks natural once you blend.”

Step Two:

Use Brow Duality to highlight the brow bone and corners of the eyes.  Anastasia’s favorite trick to use on celebrities is to apply the shimmer side of Brow Duality to the brow bone from the middle of the brow to the end of the tail and blend.  Then, she applies the matte side of the Brow Duality over the same spot and blends for a soft, luminous look that gives the eye an instant lift.

Finish up by using the shimmer side on the corners of the eyes for a gorgeous finish.

Step Three:

Set your brows and brow color in place all day with Clear Brow Gel in short upward strokes.  It will set and condition your bold brows all day without flaking.


The Amazing Skin Benefits of Rose

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Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll On Fragrance OilSkin as soft as a rose petal?  Yes, it’s possible.

Roses are by far the most sensorial of all flowers.  They look beautiful, smell divine, and rosewater infused cupcakes taste like heaven!  And nothing’s better than the joy of surprising someone with roses.

The rose aroma is known for its balancing and calming effects.  It is believed that the aroma of essential oils can transmit messages to the limbic system (a brain region responsible for controlling emotions and influencing the nervous system).  These messages affect biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure and breathing.  Experience the scent of fresh cut roses with Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll-on Fragrance Oil.

Roses have a long history of therapeutic benefits, but today it is most noted for its benefits in skin care.  Rose extract is partially beneficial for dry, sensitive or aging skin concerns.  It provides a calming and astringent effect which helps diminish redness and skin irritation.  A gentle mist of rosewater rehydrates and soothes skin any time of day. Try Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.

Not only do the flowers hold special properties, but the Rose hips (the flowers which have swollen to seed) contain Vitamins A, B3, C, D and E, as well as essential fatty acids.  These essential fatty acids quickly absorb into the skin help with tissue regeneration.  Rose hip oil contains trans-retinoic acid which aids in skin regeneration plus it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Get the benefits of Rose hips in Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream.

The Art of Layering Fragrance  

To optimize Jurlique’s amazing signature Rose scent try layering with:

  1. Shower with  Rose Shower Gel
  2. Maintain hydration with Rose Body Oil
  3. Massage Rose Hand Cream onto hands and cuticles.
  4. Apply Rose Roll-on Fragrance Oil to pulse points.
  5. Mist face with  Rosewater Balancing Mist
  6. Apply  Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream to face and neck.
  7. Soften lips with  Rose Love Balm
  8. Dust on Rose Silk Finishing Powder in t-zone area.



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