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Why Beauty Sleep Is Important

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Want to know an insider tip that will dramatically decreases wrinkles, stress and improve your health? The best part is, it’s free to everyone! It won’t cost any of us a dime, but maybe an extra hour or so of your time. The trick is getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Seems simple right?!

Studies have proven time and time again that during your sleep cycle you skin naturally repairs itself due to the growth hormone (A.K.A the youth hormone) that is released during sleep. Also, during the hours of 11pm- 7am (or whatever you time of slumber may be) levels of cortisol are lowered that were most likely heightened during the hectic daytime hours. High levels of cortisol will; increase body fat, cause depression, thin the skin, and are toxic to the body.  Falling into a deep sleep causes your body to release more melatonin in the body which has positive effects on your skin and immune system. Melatonin helps regulate the body’s internal clock to keep the body in rhythm trying to balance out any negative levels of cortisol. So its best encourage this process at night by applying hydrating moisturizes to support the repair process.

Anyone of us can testify that when we do not get a good night sleep it shows. It’s more difficult to focus and we become easily stressed which in turn causes those bad levels of cortisol to rise. Just remember when those levels increase your only aging yourself, so it’s important to take time to relax before bedtime. Receiving an adequate amount of sleep will restore the glow and luminosity in your skin and you wake feeling more alert and recharged.



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What is acne? Besides a nightmare, acne is the infection of the follicle that has been blocked by an overproduction of oil, debris and dead skin cells. Acne can take on many different forms including: whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules and cysts.

Whiteheads – are smaller in size and remain under the skin, they can come to a white ‘head’, thus the name whitehead.

Blackheads – are similar to whiteheads but have reached the surface of the skin and oxidized, therefore turning black or grey in color.

Papules – White or pink bumps on the surface of the skin.

Pustules – Similar to papules but usually have an irritated red ring with a pus-filled top.

Cysts – Most of the infection in under the skin surface. Cystic acne is often hormonal and common in adults. Cystic breakouts can scar easily and are often painful to the touch.

Acne is associated with a hormone called androgen, which can cause an excess of sebum production in the pore.

You can treat a mild case of acne with a variety of different over the counter products. Look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, retinol, and glycolic acid.

Check out our huge selection of acne products at!

Treating a serious case of acne may require an oral prescription such as antibiotics or Accutane. Consult with your doctor or dermatologist to determine which acne products and treatments are best for you.


Sjal Skincare

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This scientifically advanced skin care line incorporates an eastern blend of electro-stimulants like gemstones, platinum, gold and silver to increase cellular performance and enhance the effects of key ingredients.  In addition, sjal uses the most recent advances in biotechnology from Europe and Japan and adheres to strict standards of performance and efficacy. Among the many high quality standards, sjal does not use petroleum jelly, caffeine, silicone, or mineral oil in any of its products.

Sjal skin care has been featured in the press by such notable names as Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Nylon, Elle and many more. Check out sjal skin care at and find out what all the buzz is about!



Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream

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Irritation, Injury and skin conditions occur in our everyday lives. When the unexpected happens, Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream is there to help! This technologically advanced cream helps speed the recovery process by maintaining an optimal healing environment for the skin and prevents signs or scarring. It is used for many general skin problems such as burns, cuts, cracked skin, peri-oral dermatitis, mild eczema, diaper rash and for post procedure skin such as peels, episiotomy, vascular laser, and hair removal. Not only does it help for a speedy recovery, but it contains 45% of Avene’s very popular Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften your skin.

Enhance your Lashes & Brows with RapidLash

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Dry, brittle, thin eyelashes or eye brows a problem for you? Well not anymore! In just weeks you can have longer and fuller lashes or brows with RapidLash! This polypeptide high performance serum is clinically proven to lengthen lashes and brows.  Not only does it have an great price point compared to some of its competitors, but it has been ophthalmologist-tested and found to be safe to use and non-irritating even for those with sensitive eyes or contact lense wearers. Simple to use, apply RapidLash once daily before bed to a clean dry surface. Applied like eyeliner to your upper lash line, start on the inner corner of the eye making a thin line to the outer eye. In approximately 3-4 weeks you should see a noticeable improvement to your lashes and/or brows. Once you have achieved your desired results, it is recommended that you continue use of RapidLash to maintain the appearance and condition of your beautiful new lashes and brows!

Don’t Front on Your Back

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Summer is almost here and spaghetti straps and halter tops are soon to follow.  So let’s go ahead and look “back” for clear skin. Body washes with salicylic acid help to clear pores and minimize their appearance. Murad Acne Body Wash banishes body breakouts with this powerful, patented body wash.

A few good tools can also help to get you “back” inline. The Clarisonic SMART Profile Sonic Cleansing System has an amazing body brush attachment that works wonders and sends ultrasonic pulses down your spine.

Tone that down with an easy to use spray like Glytone Back Acne Spray. This treatment for back acne uses a 2% salicylic acid blend to help treat and prevent blemishes. The spray bottle is packaged in a new innovative pump bottle that allows for convenient upside down spraying.

Peel out of dull uneven skin with Kerstin Florian Correcting Brightening Body Peel! Great for use on the neck, décolleté, and back – anywhere you crave smoother, softer skin.

Cor – The Silver Soap

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corWhen I think of a bar of soap I think about this icky, germy, bar just sitting in the shower growing fungus. Eewwww! That’s not something I’d want to use on my face. However, Cor has given the boring ol’ bar of soap a makeover.


Cor has patented a delivery system that allows active ingredients to target the “core” of the skin’s most problematic concerns. Their highlighted active ingredient is nano-silver with silica, and a compound of Collagen, Sericin and Chitosan (CSC).


The components of Silica prepare the skin to take in all the active ingredients the Cor Soap has to offer. With its sponge-like quality, the silica pulls the active components deeply into the skin. Silver is a new discovery in the anti-bacterial world and it has proven to be very effective. Silver prevents the transfer of oxygen through the cell walls, killing off the ability for the bacteria to grow. Silver is also very healing and has been shown to increase cell turnover. The CSC molecules are micronized to their minutest size while remaining in an active state. The tiny size of the molecules will allow for maximum delivery to the deepest point in the dermis, reaching the source of any damage in the skin. The collagen in this product is a marine based collagen and is used because of its smaller molecular size and provides a better performance once penetrated into the skin. Sericin is a soluble protein extracted from silk and supplies moisture binding benefits, leaving the skin soft and supple. Chitosan is a natural fiber that balances out pH in the skin and evens out skin tone, giving a more hydrated, youthful appearance.


Since Cor has a pH of 7.2 and contains all natural ingredients, it is safe enough for even the most sensitive skin types. It’s also available in a travel size! Simply lather up, let the foam sit on your skin to work its magic and then rinse away to beautiful skin.


Revive Your Damaged Locks!

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Brittle…crunchy…dry…damaged hair.

Sound like I’m describing the condition of your hair? Well, let’s fix that! Dry hair is a common concern for many people, but thankfully it’s totally treatable.

You’re going to need a good shampoo and conditioner. I recommend the Frederic Fekkai Essential Shea Duo. This duo hydrates with Shea Butter and leaves hair smooth, supple and manageable.

Next you’re going to change your mind set of washing your hair everyday or even every other day. I’m talking washing your hair at the most 2 times per week. That’s right, you heard me- a max of twice a week, but don’t panic- this is where dry shampoo comes into play. A dry shampoo is going to become your new best friend. My personal favorite is Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. Those with thinner textured hair and are looking for volume will want to go with Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. Use your dry shampoo when needed to absorb any excess oil and product build up. It will also provide your damaged locks with the proper nourishment it’s dying for.

Also you will want to find a good mask for your hair, which you’ll need to use once a week. There are a lot of good ones out there so this won’t be hard; so far my favorite has been the Alterna TEN Hair Masque.

Try to avoid any hair coloring or chemical processing for 4-8 weeks to fully let your locks rest and restore to their natural beauty.

Goodbye Dark Circles…

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While there are numerous different reasons why people get dark circles, one thing is sure… everyone wants them gone! Dark circles appear as dark skin under the lower eyelid and often extend to to the top of the cheek. Everyday lifestyle can contribute to the reason as to why some people get dark circles. Alcohol, caffeine, crying, certain medications, smoking, stress, malnutrition, lack of sleep, and dehydration are all contributing factors. On the other hand, there are a couple factors like genetics and aging that we are unable to control. Dark circles can be genetically passed down from a family member, or thinning of your under eye skin due to aging causes the blood vessels to be more visible, making dark circles more prominent. There are many great eye products that can lessen the appearance of under eye circles. Here are our top picks:

Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream: This retinol based eye cream effectively fights the signs of aging in the delicate eye area without causing irritation, it’s formulated with vitamin K and arnica to combat dark circles. It also has a potent peptide blend to draining under the eyes, discouraging puffiness while fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydro-Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate: This high-performing powerful eye brighter and line fighter gently beautifies the delicate eye area. Formulated with Vitamin K to reduce dark circles and puffiness up to 72%. It also contains light reflecting pearl that immediately brightens and illuminates the eye area.

Caudalie Premier Cru They Eye Cream: This eye cream provides patented active anti-aging ingredients from the vine and effective science to combat skin aging and dark circles. It will help immediately brighten dark circles and helps to correct for visible long term benefits.

Top Tinted Sunscreens

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We all know how important it is to protect your skin from harmful UVA\UVB rays. It is a necessary daily step whether you are going to be spending the day inside or outside, your skin needs to be protected. One of the biggest complaints we hear about sunscreens is that they leave a white cast on the skin or they are too heavy and greasy. The best advice we offer is to use a tinted or tone enhancing sunscreen that absorbs quickly. For those of you that do not like to wear a lot of make-up, they can also be used as a base to give your skin some color. Here are some of our favorites:

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 provides high broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with all natural physical filters, Zinc Oxide (Z-COTE) and Titanium Dioxide. Providing substantial power in an ultra-sheer, mattifying fluid, this sunscreen is infused with translucent color spheres to enhance natural skin tone. Tested on all ethnicities, this adaptable fluid provides discreet coverage while restoring radiance.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Moisturizer: Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted is a unique patent pending combination of a mineral sun filter with Cell-OX Shield™ antioxidant technology to provide advanced UVA/UVB protection. It also has universal tint technology to match most skin tones and provide an instant, natural glow.

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matter Tint Unscented: Defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. Antioxidant-infused Borage Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Extract will rejuvenate skin, targeting early signs of aging. Shea Butter hydrates and softens sun-exposed skin while restoring elasticity. Plankton, a naturally water-resistant phyto-protector boosts SPF protection, making this the perfect beach companion.

Perricone No Foundation Foundation: The first advanced anti-aging translucent foundation designed to allow the natural health and glow of skin to shine through, while providing non-chemical SPF 30 broad spectrum UV protection. Elegant in texture and quick absorbing, this product helps correct skin undertones, while boosting skin’s moisture level throughout the day. It’s infused with high potency active ingredients that provide anti-aging benefits and help firm skin’s appearance and diminish lines and wrinkles over time. It’s also formulated with specially treated pigments blended with light diffusing mica to instantly soften the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. Skin will look smooth and naturally radiant.

Whatever sunscreen you choose to wear, remember to follow the manufacturer suggested directions! You can find the products mentioned on

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