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Blotting Linens

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Blotting linens are a perfect way to absorb excess facial oil throughout the day without adding weight, product, or disturbing your makeup. Boscia has a variety of blotting linens available at SkinStore.com and the price is perfectly fit for any budget! Choose from seven 100% natural linens or natural botanical fibers that are mildly scented with essence of vanilla, lavender, rose, orange, peppermint, green tea and unscented.


Keratosis Pilaris

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Chicken skin, skin bumps, call it what you will. The medical name for this condition is “Keratosis Pilaris” or “KP”.  I have had KP since I was a little girl. I would get teased about it constantly and it made me grow very insecure about my skin. I have it pretty bad on my upper arms and thighs. It has improved with age, but it will never go away. Luckily, I am able to keep the inflammation to a minimum with a few topical products, similar to the ones I have listed below.

What is KP? Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless genetic skin condition that appears as small bumps on the upper arms and thighs, Although it can be present anywhere on the body (except the palms of the hands and feet.) KP is a build up of keratin (the material our hair, skin and nails is made up of), causing the hair follicles to clog, forming a bump on the skin’s surface. KP can worsen during the cooler months when the skin becomes drier or with hormonal changes, such as pregnancy.

There is no cure for KP, but there are a few treatment options. Results do vary, based on the severity of the KP. You want to look for creams and lotions containing Lactic Acid and/or Glycolic Acid.  Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid exfoliates the skin helping to smooth the bumps and slough off dead skin cells. Extra Virgin Coconut oil is an alternative treatment, for those of you who prefer a more natural product. Lather extra virgin coconut oil on your skin before you take a shower and gentle scrub with a loofah. You may also use the extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer after you shower.

Skinstore.com carries a few products specifically designed to help treat KP;

Glytone KP Kit

M2 Skin Technologies Body Refinish 15%

Lierac Paris Super Body Cream for Ultra Dry and Keratotic Skin

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Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Cleaning your makeup brushes is a chore. If you have a lot of brushes (like, yours truly) it can be pretty time consuming. It can also take up a fair amount of bathroom counter space as well. None the less, it must be done. Makeup brushes can hold bacteria that can lead to acne breakouts, dermatitis, or even infection. I know you are asking yourself “How often should you wash them?” Well, you should wash the brushes you use to apply powder, blush or bronzer once a week and wash the brushes used on the eyes and lips after every other use. I love to clean mine with a clarifying shampoo. It gets the “gunk” out. After shampooing them you want to lay them flat on a clean dry towel to air dry. Once the brushes are dry, they feel silky and are clean as a whistle. You will even notice a difference in how easily the products just glide on.

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Top Five Natural Anti Aging Creams

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Do you want an anti aging product that is natural? Many of our customer would shout out a loud “Yes, Please!”  As an Esthetician here at Skinstore.com, I help people select the right products for their skin everyday. Many of the customers I help want to fight off the signs of aging (Who doesn’t?) and many of those same customers are also concerned about the products they use.  They would like the products to be made with natural ingredients. They are also concerned about reducing their own carbon footprint. So with that being said, I have compiled a list of the top five natural anti aging skin care creams we carry here at Skinstore.com.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Antioxidant Moisturizer

This rich and creamy moisturizer will hydrate, leaving skin feeling soft and supple, all while reducing redness. Some customers reported a positive change in their skin’s appearance in just two weeks!

Pevonia Rejuvenation Dry Skin Cream

Infused with Hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer glides on smooth and absorbs quickly. It has a light scent which was described by one of our reviewers as “Like breathing in a French herb garden on a dewy morning”. I think that sounds just fabulous!

Nuxe Aroma Vaillance Moisturizing Deep Wrinkle Emulsion

This luxurious cream feels heavy in texture but melts in without leaving your skin feeling sticky. This cream is very versatile and can be used as a day or night cream.

Sundari Neem Night Cream

Many of our customers have reported waking up with a smoother, brighter complexion after using this Night cream. One reviewer even boasted that even her husband noticed her face feeling softer!

Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Who doesn’t want to fight wrinkles AND free radicals? This antioxidant armed product gives wrinkles and fines lines a one, two punch! It has a velvety rich texture that is suitable for all skin types.

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Eczema

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What is Eczema? Eczema is a red, inflamed and irritated patch of skin. It is an inherited condition that can flare up and subside due to a few different factors. It is often accompanied by asthma or hay fever. The cause of eczema is unknown, but many medical professionals believe that it may be related to a deficiency in the body’s immune system. Eczema appears as thickened, cracked or scaly skin. It can affect any area of the body, but is typically found on the arms and legs. Many individuals also suffer from Eczema on the scalp.

There is no cure for Eczema, but there are a few things you can do to help ease discomfort of flare ups or lessen how often you experience flare ups.

Avoid Environmental Triggers
Rapid changes in body temperature (this usually occurs when we are stressed) can cause skin to become inflamed and irritated. Avoid detergents, harsh soaps and fragrances, as well as wool fabric products, as they can aggravate the skin. If you suffer from scalp Eczema avoid hair care products which contain sulfates.

Take a calming bath
Adding raw oatmeal, baking soda or a calming bath cream, such as Avene Professional Trixera Plus Selectiose Emollient Cleansing Bath to warm water can soothe and calm sensitized skin.

Choose products designed for sensitive skin
Avoid skin care products that contain perfumes, dyes, and harsh detergents. Look for products designed to calm and soothe the skin and are intended for those with sensitive skin.

Keep skin hydrated
Keeping skin moisturized can avoid flare ups. Choose heavier lotions and creams designed for dry to very dry skin conditions. Moisturizers like ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream help to boost the skin’s barrier function while protecting it from environmental stresses.

Eczema is often confused with other skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis, so it’s always best to consult a dermatologist, physician, or immunologist to determine your skin condition and best treatments available.

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D.I.Y. Spa Pedicure

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Just because summer is over that simply is no excuse to neglect your tootsies. Give your feet the tender loving care they deserve! Here is how to give yourself a spa-like pedicure in the comfort of your own home.

Before we begin here are the items you will need:

1. Remove any old toe nail polish with a cotton swab soaked in nail polish remover.

2. Dip your feet in a basin tub filled with warm water and foot soak bath crystals. The crystals will help to soften rough patches on your heels and soles. Soaking will aid in calming and soothing tired achy feet. Soak feet for 5- 10 minutes. Try finding Foot Soak Bath Crystals that contains essential oils; Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

3. Exfoliate the rough patches on your heals by using a foot file or foot scrub. This will leave your skin smoother and much softer. The exfoliation will aid in allowing the skin to absorb creams much more effectively.

4. Pat feet dry with a clean dry towel. Apply a rich, creamy foot cream. Massage the cream into the soles and pads of your feet. Make sure you are paying extra attention to tense muscles. When choosing a foot cream, you may want to select one that contains Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil may help to ease any pain or tension you might have. It also acts a stress reducer. Next, you want to dab cuticle oil onto your cuticles and massage in. Afterward, gently push cuticles back with an orange stick.

5. Clip and file nails into a rounded square shape. I recommend using a Glass nail file. Glass nail files deliver a very smooth finish, which is hard to achieve with traditional nail files. They are incredibly easy to use and will never become dull.

6.  Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and wipe over each toe nail to remove any excess oil or moisture that may remain.

7.  Paint each toe nail with a nail polish primer base coat. This will help to keep your nail polish from chipping as well as help keep the polish from staining the toe nail itself.

8. Paint on your favorite nail lacquer shade. Many colors that are popular for fall are rich reds, bold burgundy’s and passionate plums. Or go wild and explore your playful side and with an electric cobalt blue. Brush on two coats; wait a few minutes between each coat.

9. Apply a clear top coat and allow nails to fully dry before applying shoes or socks.

10. Enjoy your fresh and gorgeous pedicure.

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Day to Night Makeup

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Do you have a social occasion to attend right after you clock out at work? No problem! Here are a few tips to take your daytime makeup look from the office hours to cocktail hour.

  1. Dust on Jane Iredale Moonglow Golden Bronzer for a “Golden Goddess” look. This is an all over bronzer, made with 24-Karat gold flakes will liven up your complexion and create a flattering, natural glow.
  2. Punch up the color in your cheeks with Stila Custom Color Blush. This amazing one-shade-fits-all powder blush compliments every skin tone.
  3. Add some drama by lining the lower inner rim of your eyes with Jane Iredale Eye Pencil – Basic Black.
  4. Curl your lashes with Blinc Heated Lash Curler. This simple to use lash curler shapes lashes in seconds. It’s perfect for the girl on the go.
  5. Paint on Too Faced Lash Injection – Pitch Black for thick voluminous lashes.
  6. No evening look would be complete without a vivid lip stain. Stila Raspberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain is just what your pout needs for a night on the town. Lastly, Top lips with Stila Lip Glaze Angel Food and you are ready to go!

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Osmotics Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancer

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During the warmer months it can be liberating to ditch the thick foundation and go au naturel. Although, it can feel a little like going out in public naked. Osmotics Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancer glides on your skin and gives your face a fresh, healthy-looking glow without the heaviness of foundation and without the nakedness of going without makeup. Optical diffusers smooth lines and wrinkles, while enhancing the skin’s natural tone. This versatile cream can be even used as a additive to your favorite moisturizer, sunscreen or even foundation for added glow. You can use it alone or add bronzer and/or blush for a fully finished look.

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How To Get The Perfect Cat Eye With Stila

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Retro makeup looks are in full swing. The cat eye is at the pinnacle of this major trend. This is a gorgeous, fun, and flirty look that is complimentary on every eye and face shape. Achieving it however can be slightly challenging so here are a few sure-fire tips to get the cat eye you desire all on your own.

  1. First you need a quick drying liquid liner pen. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is ideal for this look as it dries in seconds and doesn’t flake or crack. (If you choose  to wear false lashes this eyeliner is perfect, as it is waterproof so it won’t smear from the lash glue).
  2. Starting from the inner corner of your eye make a thin line across your lash line. Do not pull your eyelid taut as this can make the line uneven.
  3. At the end of your lash line make a thin line upward that has a slight angle, similar to a check mark.
  4. Now slightly build the line upward at the point where the line meets the lash line. Build it to the thickness that is desired or add width to the liner at lash line for an extra retro look.

Finish off with a matte red lip for ultra sexy pin up glamour!

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Alterna Caviar 3 Minute Shine Boost

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Is your hair looking dull and in need of a pick me up? This quick treatment will take those dull lifeless locks from humdrum to vibrant. This weekly Alterna Caviar 3 Minute Shine Boost will recharge your hair’s shine and hair color in just a few short minutes. This Paraben, gluten, mineral oil and phthalate free formula is perfect for natural or color treated hair. The light weight formula will not weigh hair down; instead you will have silky manageable voluminous hair.

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