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An Apple a Day Keeps the Hair Dresser Away

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Are your locks not looking so luscious lately? Shiny, happy hair may be easier than you thought. Simply, scour the contents of your fridge and viola your strands are back in the game! All you need is apple juice, apple cider vinegar and pear juice for an easy at home remedy.

Apples not only keep the doctor away, but also revive tired, dull, over processed tresses. Apples contain key vitamins and are loaded with potassium to help strengthen your hair. Studies have also shown that apple polyphenols stimulate hair growth.

Pear juice is added to the mix, which contains a low pH balance. A low pH is crucial because it changes the hair’s electric charge, allowing the cuticle to lie flat. When the hair lies flat, light is reflected imparting a shinier appearance.

Last, but certainly not least is Apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is highly acidic, quickly removing excess oil from the scalp and waxy buildup. The hair is left squeaky clean, glossy and manageable.

Ingredients: 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of pear juice, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

Directions: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature and mix well before application. Apply treatment to freshly washed hair and leave on for three minutes. Rinse and condition hair as usual. Use as needed, when your locks require some extra good lovin’.

Or try a ready-made clarifying shampoo! We love Klorane Shampoo with Citrus Pulp!


Best Masques: Halloween Edition

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BOO! Happy All Hallows Eve! While your bunnies, ghosts, princesses and pirates are out trick-or-treating, treat yourself to a masque of your own, here are our favorite skin treats… no tricks involved:

Purifying masques
Oily and acne-prone skin types benefit from a weekly purifying masque. Purifying masques help to minimize the appearance of large pores while drawing out impurities and excess sebum. A purifying masque is typically clay based and contains anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.


Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask

Exfoliating masques
Everyone should exfoliate! An exfoliating masque will remove dead skin cells from your skin. Exfoliating masques provide brightening, purifying and tightening benefits. After exfoliating, treatment products will penetrate deeper into the skin.

June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque

Brightening masques
Dull skin can benefit from a brightening masque. Brightening masques are infused with glow-getting antioxidant ingredients like berry extracts and vitamin C.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask

Soothing masques:
If you’ve over-exfoliated, or if you have sensitive skin, or if you’re looking to calm a sunburn then soothing masques are for you! A soothing masque will deposit cooling, calming and hydrating ingredients into the skin.

Sundari Apricot and Shea Hydra Soothing Mask
Pevonia Soothing Sensitive Skin Mask

Hydrating masques

Dry skin loves a hydrating masque. Hydrating masques contain moisture-driving ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, essential oils, kernel oils and shea butter which soften the skin.

June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque

Have a blast masquing! No costumes necessary!

Tell us what your favorites masque is – we’d love to hear!


Sugar & Spice and Other Foods Nice

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Whether you’re looking to improve your skin or overall health these wonder foods gotcha covered!

Broccoli: Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables. It’s time to start listening! Loaded with vitamin C, broccoli aides with iron absorption, prevents the formation of cataracts and may help defend against the common cold. This versatile veggie is also high in folic acid, which is often taken as a supplement during pregnancy.

Spinach: PopEye the Sailor Man shouldn’t be the only one eating spinach. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. It’s extremely low in calories (40 calories per cup) yet high in vitamins. Just one cup of this leafy green surpasses your daily requirement of vitamin A and K. It contains more than 20 valuable nutrients including fiber, calcium and protein.

Cinnamon: Sprinkle away! Cinnamon has so many wonderful benefits. Not only does cinnamon naturally suppress your appetite, it’s antibacterial, helps regulate blood sugar, lowers LDL cholesterol and it’s a great source of fiber, iron and calcium. Plus, a simple whiff of cinnamon boosts memory and cognitive function according to a study conducted by Dr. P. Zoladz at the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences.

Raw Honey: Instead of a spoonful of sugar in your tea, swap it out with honey. Honey is Mother Nature’s own sweetener. Among the many accolades of honey are its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some countries even use it to aide in wound healing. It’s also believed to be helpful for allergy sufferers. Eating the honey of local bees in your area may prevent seasonal allergies. Bees pollinate neighboring plants, and the pollen eventually ends up in the honey. Ingesting the honey builds your body’s natural tolerance to seasonal allergies.

Coconut Milk: For those of you that are lactose intolerant, coconut milk is a great dairy free alternative. You’re still getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals of milk without the upset tummy. Coconut milk is rich in calcium, potassium, chloride, and vitamin A and E. It’s also proven to improve bone and dental health. In fact, you may even find yourself with fewer cases of the cold; coconut boosts the immune system, fighting off germs and bacteria. Coconut milk is also widely used in beauty products to hydrate, repair and heal the skin and hair.

Garlic: The medicinal properties of garlic have been used for centuries. Folklore attributes garlic to preventing everything from mosquito bites, the plague, and yes, even vampires. Although these claims are unfounded, it’s nice to imagine that they are true. Modern science has deemed garlic as a powerful antioxidant containing Vitamin E and coenzyme Q10, which stop the damaging effects of free radicals. It has also been found to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

A few simple tweaks in your diet can pay off with a multitude of health benefits! So, eat up!


The Benefits of Rose for Your Skin

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Roses have long been admired for their enchanting beauty and fragrance. However they have many more benefits that their looks alone. Rose oil has been used for centuries in skincare and is suitable for all skin types. However, rose oil is most beneficial for individuals with sensitive, dry, aging skin. Rose aides to reduce redness, boosts circulation within the skin, increases elasticity, strengthens capillary walls and provides an astringent effect. Some of the most popular roses used in skincare are Musk rose, Damask rose, Dog rose, and French rose. The benefits of the rose are abundant and it comes with a costly price tag. In order to extract just one drop of rose oil it takes approximately 30 roses!

Some of our most beloved products that contain rose oil are Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, Dermelect Resurface Stem Cell Reconstructing SerumPhytomer Rosee Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion, and Sundari Rose Lavender Hydrating Mask.


Staff Favorite: Caudalie Premier Cru the Eye Cream

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Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye CreamThe search for your fave eye cream is over! Caudalie Premier Cru the Eye Cream is your solution for those of us who are looking to combat all the signs of aging around the eyes: wrinkles, loss of firmness, lack of radiance, dehydration, dark circles, and puffiness. This exclusive formula has not just one, but three patents: Resveratol, grape vine sap Viniferine, and grape-seed Polyphenols which address all the signs of aging.

After one use, eyes are immediately brightened with pearlized light diffusing pigments. Skin around the eyes feels cool and refreshed. With continued use the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are diminished and the eye contour appears more lifted and firm.

To increase anti-puffiness and anti-wrinkle benefits apply the cream by gently tapping around the orbital bone and under the eye area with your ring finger. This will help stimulate blood circulation and has a slight draining effect.

This eye cream is one of our tried and true favorites!

 


Classic Beauty Tips

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Classic beauty withstands the test of time. Starlets like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Diana all share a common grace and elegance. Images of them today remain as iconic and in style as ever before. Idealized for their beauty, we can follow their lead, incorporating effortless style into our own daily make-up regimen.

Timeless make-up is youthful and fresh. Try to avoid colors that are either too bright or too dark and steer clear of outlandish trends. Neutral colors that enhance your natural skin tone are best.

Face: The right foundation lays the groundwork for a timeless look. First, prime and prep the skin. Make-up goes on smoother and lasts longer when you apply a moisturizer and make-up primer. Moisturizer hydrates and plumps the skin, while a primer camouflages large pores and imperfections. Keep in mind, less is more with foundation. Apply foundation sparingly, while paying special attention to areas that need more coverage and blend outward. For liquid foundation users, set with a translucent powder for long lasting coverage.

Eyes: The trick is to play up the natural shape and color of your eyes. Neutral shades of beige, gray, brown, gold, champagne, pale pink, mauve, and plum are best. Start by applying a light to medium shade of beige, nude, champagne, or pink as the all over base color. Next, accentuate the crease and outer corner of the eye with a darker shade. A medium gray, brown, or plum that is two to three shades darker than the base color creates perfect definition. Lastly, add highlight just below the brow and to the inside corner of the eye. A very light nude, white, or pale pink with a hint of iridescence works beautifully.

Next, accentuate the shape of your eyes by lining the top eyelid following closely along the lash line with a dark brown, gray or black liner. Leave the bottom eye unlined for a fresh faced look or line sparingly from the bottom inside corner of the eye and darken in color towards the outside corner of the eye. This draws more attention to the outside corners of the eyes, making eyes appear larger. Finish off the eyes with a few coats of dark brown or black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Insider tip: Black liner and mascara will make the whites of your eyes whiter and brightens tired eyes.

Cheeks: Often disregarded, yet one of the simplest ways to brighten your complexion is by applying blush. A rosy flush gives cheeks a youthful healthy glow. Select a color that matches your natural flush or if you were to pinch your cheeks. Sweep the color from the apples of the cheeks towards your hairline. Remember to build the color gradually, to avoid applying too much.

Insider tip: To slim the face blend a contour color to the hollows of your cheeks, just below the cheekbone. Select a matte bronzer or powder foundation that is slightly darker than your skin tone. Finish with a touch of highlighting powder on the top of the cheekbone for added pop.

Lips: Lip color should enhance and brighten your natural tone. The key is to pick a color that is one to two shades darker than your natural lip color. To create fullness, line your lips with a lip liner that matches or is slightly darker than your lip color. For added dimension add a bit of gloss in a lighter shade to the center of your pout.

Brows: Polish off your timeless daytime look by grooming your brows. Fill in with a neutral toned brow pencil that matches your natural hair color. Start from the head of the brow using light feathery strokes as you make your way towards the arch and tail of the brow. Next, define the shape of your brows by tweezing stray hairs. Lastly, apply a clear brow gel to set your hairs in place.

Insider tip: Tweezing too many hairs at once can leave holes or gaps in the brow. For better precision, use tweezers with a slanted tip for tweezing one hair at a time.

SkinStore has all of the products you need to acheive the perfect classic look!

 


Fall Beauty Trends

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SkinStore.com has just what you need to achieve Fall’s latest beauty trends. Right off the runway from the classic cat eye, red lips, prune eyes, wine hued lips, sunset shadows and steel eyes we’ve got you covered! Here are our top picks for Fall.

Cat Eyes: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – Intense Black

Red Lips: DuWop Private Lipstick Red

Plum Eyes: Stila Eye Shadow Trio – Venus

Wine Hued Lips: Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream – Divine Wine

Steel Eyes: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Trio in Pretty in Smoke

Sunset Shadow: Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow – Rose Gold


Fall Nail Colors

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SkinStore.com is your source for this year’s hottest Fall nail colors. From midnight blue to emerald green, we have a huge selection of the perfect colors for your beautiful Autumn nails. Looking for nail treatment products? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Click here for our top picks!

1. butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer – Royal Navy: Nautical and naughty, this navy is the answer to your dark lacquer dreams.

2. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color – Lady is a Tramp: A classic sanguine red creme.

3. SpaRitual Nail Lacquer – Optical Illusion: A lively golden green glitter with superior shine, dry time and coverage.

4. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color – Let’s Go Crazy: A royal purple glitter.

5. SpaRitual Nail Lacquer – Slate: A grey metallic shimmer with superior shine, dry time and coverage.

6. butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer British Racing Green: Dark, “hunter green” that was the backstage darling when used at this season’s shows.


Hot Ingredient – Argireline

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Product mavens are always on the hunt for the latest and greatest lotion or potion. They’re hoping to discover an ingredient so DermaQuest Skin Therapy Peptide Mobilizermagical; it will unleash the gift of eternal youth. Although the fountain of youth has yet to be discovered, the newest wonder ingredient to hit the market is Argireline. Manufacturers near and far are scooping up this key ingredient up in hopes of adding it to their newest concoctions.

Argireline, also known as acetyl hexapeptide-3 is a revolutionary peptide shown to relax facial muscles therefore smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides are made up of proteins, which stimulates collagen production resulting in a more youthful appearance. Argireline, acetyl hexapaptide-3 is a chain of six amino acids attached to the residue of acetic acid.

The topical application of Argireline is an effective alternative to Botox treatments without the need of painful injections. Similar to Botox, acetyl hexapeptide-3 relaxes muscle contractions lessening the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and deep lines on the forehead.

Two of our most popular products containing Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 are DermaQuest Skin Therapy Peptide Mobilizer and Janson Beckett AlphaDerma CE. This formula also contains alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C ester, DMAE, elastin, collagen, and soy. This powerful combination of ingredients work synergistically; the skin is brighter, firmer, smoother, and moisturized with undeniable results.


Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask [GIVEAWAY]

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Looking to add a quick and easy boost to your skincare routine? Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Mask does just that! Your Kantic Maskcomplexion is instantly revived, glowing and radiant. It’s great to use right before a big event or to indulge at home with your own mini facial. This creamy mask is packed full of natural botanicals to soothe redness, brighten dull skin and hydrate for a radiant glow. Oats soften the skin while wild pansies soothe distressed skin and calm irritation. Grape extracts protect the skin from environmental stress and blueberry reduces facial redness. For best results we recommend to apply twice a week for 15-20 minutes on clean skin. This mask is suitable for all skin types, but is ideal for dry, sensitive or even rosacea prone skin types. Can’t wait to try it?! Enter our SkinStore Giveaway for your chance to win your very own! CLICK HERE to enter.



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