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Dry Shampoo to the Rescue

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I know there are plenty of busy bodies in this world like me, and if you haven’t heard of one of the best on-the-go secrets, I’d like to fill you in. Dry shampoo!! I think we are all guilty of running late sometimes, being a little lazy, or just being active at the gym and not being able to wash our hair afterwards. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo should be our new best friend. A few quick sprays to the roots of your hair will allow the gentle starches to absorb excess oils and product build up. Not only is it great when there is no time to shower, but it works as a volumizer and pick me up for your hair. The fresh lemon verbena fragrance will give your hair that clean scent you’ll love!

Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives

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Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying MaskThere are many things that wreak havoc on your hair; from the environment, hard water, chemically treating, and using styling tools etc. There are a few must have items by Frederic Fekkai that should be in every girls bathroom. The new PrX Repairitives line is designed to restore damaged hair using a dual action technology that works at the structural level of the hair to protect against keratin loss. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo removes impurities and build up while nourishing each strand. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Conditioner conditions the hair and restores smoothness. And last but not least, my personal favorite that has made my hair feel amazing is the Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask. This mask hydrates, strengthens the hair, leaves your hair feeling extremely smooth and gives it a beautiful shine!

Benefits of Argan Oil

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Argan oil is in high demand because of its unique benefits and limited supply. It has become increasingly popular recently but the Argan tree has been around for centuries. It is made from the edible part of the nut inside the shell of Argan fruit and is found mostly in Morraco. Argan oil has many uses and it’s no wonder that this rare oil is always in pursuit.

The many reported benefits of Argan oil include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol, helping with digestion, sore joints, chickenpox, and of course is great for the skin and hair. It is also thought to reduce stretch marks post pregnancy while hydrating the skin. It also protects the body against ultraviolet radiation and is very anti-aging as it prevents the muscles and skin from degenerating. You can apply it alone to your face, body, and hair or with your favorite moisturizer. You can also add a few drops to your bath for added moisture or massage into nails to repair cuticles.

Argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” because it can transform dull, dry and frizzy hair into smooth strong tresses, by penetrating into the shaft or pore of the hair. To use on hair apply a few drops and massage into scalp then comb product through to the ends of the hair. It is recommend wrapping the hair in a towel overnight before washing it out. For soft frizz free locks you can apply a drop to styled hair. If you struggle with dandruff Argan oil can be beneficial for relieving an itchy, dry, and flaky scalp. Argan oil will also extend the life of your hair if color treated by keeping your hair conditioned and protected.

Argan oil is very rich in Vitamin E and Omega 6 so it works great for hydrating and protecting the skin. You can apply the oil directly on the skin and use alone. For really dry skin types it will boost the benefits of your moisturizer by combining the two. Because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, you can use Argan oil on acne prone skin to help with breakouts and irritation. has Argan oil made by the organic line Melvita. Melvita’s Argan oil contains 100% of the total ingredients from natural origins, so you can be confident the Argan oil is authentic and pure.

I think we will be seeing more popularity as this wonderful gift of nature continues to intrigue us.

NEW! Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

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You gave the feedback and Obagi listened! They now have a wonderful new moisturizer for all skin types to really complete the Obagi line. The Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer is formulated to provide long lasting hydration protection for up to 8 hours. It contains Hydromanil, which is an advanced ingredient that retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. It can be used morning and night, and will become a must have product for those who are on the Obagi Nu-Derm system and may be experiencing any dry or flaky skin. Even though the product is super hydrating, it is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores and works especially well for those with sensitive or irritated skin types.

Hot Product! Perricone MD Cold Plasma

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PAF174000028Do you ever wish that there was just one skincare product out there that did everything you’ve ever wanted? Just one product that would take of all of your skincare needs and concerns? Well, after five long years of research, Dr. Perricone, in collaboration with Los Alamos Laboratories physicists has created just that – Cold Plasma is your genie in a jar that will transform your skin.

This ground-breaking product had been proven to suit anyone from mature to young, male to female. Individually meeting the wide range of unique skin care needs, this also advances your current anti-aging regimen with the influence of biochemical individuality. Biochemical individuality is the ability to adjust your skin’s distinctive needs through the use of phospholipids. This is a division of lipids that is an important unit of cell membranes, and their purpose is to form these lipid bilayers. These bilayers contain hydrophilic heads which attract water and hydrophobic tails which repel water, in return giving the perfect custom approach for your skin needs. By mimicking the natural phospholipids found in our skin cells this allows the products delivery system to be more compatible and highly effective with our own skins function.

Some of the key ingredients that you will read about when researching the product are Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), L-Tyrosine, and DHA. The DMAE helps to reduce sagging and promotes tightening so that skin will appear lifted and firm. The L-Tyrosine is an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein, which supports the production of melanin or pigment thereby assisting with brightening the skin. This amino acid is also considered a mild antioxidant. The DHA is major fatty acid that preserves the youthfulness of your skin, provides advanced hydration, and hinders future damage.

The main attribute of Cold Plasma technology is the products ability to read skin issues and fully utilize all main nutrients to repair any depletion in the skin. According to Perricone, this technology results in preventing the 10 most visible signs of aging and assists with the primary concerns of wrinkles, enlarged pores, dryness, redness, discoloration, uneven skin tone, impurities, loss of firmness, loss of smoothness, and loss of radiance. In a nutshell, this super-hero of a product addresses multiple issues but has one common goal – to give you great, healthy skin.

Clinical Reports that can be found at show that in independent four-week clinical studies on individual’s ages 20–65 unparalleled results were revealed. To highlight the findings:

• 99% felt that their skin was soft and smooth

• 94% said they liked the results and felt it gave their skin all it needs

• 92% reported that their skin looked radiant and healthy

• 91% felt that their skin was infused with moisture

• 89% said their skin never looked healthier and saw improvements in radiance

• 87% reported improvement in skin smoothness

• 85% said they got instant results

• 82% saw improvement in their skin’s discoloration

• 81% saw improvement in pore size

• 79% said this works better than anything else they have used

• 69% reported improvement in the appearance of skin blotchiness and redness

For more information about Cold Plasma, click here!

Staff Regimen: Macey

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What is your skin like? Like millions of people I would say I have a combination skin. My t-zone is oily (especially in the warmer months), and the rest of my skin is normal. I  have to watch what I use on my face because I do break out easily.

Skin concerns: I try my best to keep my skin clear and use preventative products. My forehead can get very oily and I get the occasional break out.


Cleanser: Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel

I use this cleanser once a day to keep my break outs away. The combination of salicylic acid and glycolic acid helps prevent\treat breakouts, unclog pores and remove black heads without over drying or irritating my skin.

Toner: Avene Thermal Spring Water

I would say this is a must have product for all skin types! I use this morning, night and throughout the day. It is very hydrating, calming, and really helps balance out my skin.

Treatment: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

My daily antioxidant serum. Protects against the harmful effects of the environment, helps even out my skin tone and is truly an amazing anti-aging product.

Hydrator: Vichy Normaderm Promat 

Hydrating yet fast absorbing, it is a hero product for those with oily\combination skin types. It is oil free and leaves a soft matte finish.

Eye Cream: Caudalie Anti-Aging Serum Eyes and Lips

a hydrating serum that leaves my eye area tight, bright & smooth looking. This is your all in one eye product. Targets lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

SPF:  Perricone No Foundation Foundation

If your anything you like me you hate the feel of sunscreen but you know it’s necessary. This product gives you the protection you need, yet it is tinted so it makes your complexion look wonderful.  I will not leave the house without it on!


Cleanser: DDF Revolve 400X Micro-polishing system and DDF Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

These 2 items paired together equal wonderful skin! Every evening I use these products and my skin has never felt softer and my complexion has never been brighter.

Toner: Same as A.M.

Treatment: La Roche Posay Redermic R

Great for lines, wrinkles, firming, evening out skin tone and reducing my pore size.

Hydrator: SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture

Not only does it nourish and hydrate my skin, but it provides vitamins, amino acids and essential minerals.

Pro Beauty Probiotics

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Can bacteria be good for beauty?  Yes! Probiotics are another weapon in the arsenal for great skin. These tiny warriors can help to clear up acne by preventing inflammation and infection.  They can also help alleviate eczema by assisting in oxygen release, blood flow and better skin breathing.  Who would have thought that microbiology could have such a macro effect?

Try New Chapter Organics Probiotic All-Flora Vegetarian Capsules with Live probiotics for optimal digestive and immune system function.

Topical probiotics can also slow down the aging process by improving moisturization, stimulating cell function and regenerating mature skin cells. All of this leads to a softer, smoother complexion. Bioelements Probiotic Anti-Aging Serum helps to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier protection.

Flawless Looks with Boscia BB Cream

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Do you have that one go-to product that makes your skin look flawless? If you don’t, you may want to try the Boscia BB Cream SPF 27. This multi-beneficial product is oil-free, yet it hydrates, firms, helps diminish the size of your pores, fine lines, and evens out your skin tone as it creates a smooth canvas on your skin. The BB Cream comes in a universal shade that adjusts to complement most skin tones while covering imperfections and giving you a natural look you’ll love! Not only will it help your skin look better instantly, but it is packed with protective antioxidants and has SPF 27 PA++ to defend your skin from any future damaged caused by the sun and environment.  The Boscia BB Cream is quick and easy to apply, so give it a try and speed up your morning beauty routine! We bet you’ll love it just as much as we do!

Helping Hands

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With all our hands do on daily basis it is so important to give your hands a hand. Washing dishes, gardening, typing, and any other prehensile manipulation can leave the hands feeling rough and dry. Hands can suffer from a loss of volume, the skin becomes thin and loose. The brightness can disappear and discolorations set in.

Products with Shea butter and Sodium Hyaluronate can infuse moisture and give hands a soft supple appeal. StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Treatment is a super-charged formula that fights 5 signs of aging in hands. Also NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands is also a nutrient-rich cream that visibly diminishes age spots and discolorations.

Using a hand treatment that renews and resurfaces can be a lack luster fingers new found friend. DermaQuest Skin Therapy SkinBrite Hand and Body will achieve luminous skin on your hands and body with this pigment-reducing cream.  Another option is Dermelect Timeless Anti-Aging Hand Treatment to restore the youthful appearance to your hands.

Hot Ingredient: Peptides

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With so many ingredients and buzz words in skin care it can be hard to keep up. But don’t fret because we are going to keep you in the know by defining peptides.

Peptides are naturally occurring chemical messengers, each one instructs the skin to behave in a certain manner. Some peptides can reduce the signs of aging by increasing collagen production, which will firm the skin from the inside.  Other peptides send the message for the skin to “relax” and the result is wrinkle reduction.

Here are some peptide-powered products:

DermaQuest Skin Therapy Peptide Mobilizer uses Argirilene (Hexapeptide-3) a wrinkle inhibitor that will reduce pre-existing wrinkle depth and relax facial tension.

Euoko Y-30 Intense Lift Concentrate has Leuphasyl peptide that helps regulate muscle contraction. This is especially beneficial for reducing the depth of wrinkles around the eyes and forehead areas.

Kinerase Pro Therapy C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment & Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment incorporates the peptide Octapeptide to extend and lengthen the muscle, reducing wrinkle depth.

Kate Somerville HydraKate Line Release Face Serum has the peptide Matrixyl 3000 (Pentapeptide-3) to aid in the synthesis of new collagen. It is stronger than Vitamin C and works faster than Retinol without the irritating side-effects.

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle has the peptide Tripeptide, synthetic snake venom that temporarily debilitates the muscle, keeping it from contracting and thereby smoothing lines in the wrinkle prone area.

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