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Esti Find: Farmhouse Fresh Nectar Powder Milk Bath

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FH009-farmhouse-fresh-nectar-powder-milk-bathMoisturizing, nourishing and natural properties make this one of my favorite milk bath formulas available today. Farmhouse Fresh Nectar Powder Milk bath has a delicate, clean smell, and is a very fine powder you can add into any bath for a soothing, calming experience.

Formulated with chicory root, over twenty essential amino acids, lactic acid and vitamins, this bath powder helps to calm upset skin, reduce any swelling and inflammation and also helps to improve the skin’s texture.

Because it’s formulated without using any parabens, sulfates, or mineral oils, this powder is safe to use even on the most delicate skin. I started using this product because my skin gets very irritated with the winter-to-spring seasonal change—I become very dry and sometimes itchy. Using this powder has helped to keep my skin calm, soft and free from irritation.

Estie tips: Eyeliner Tricks

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JI442-mystikol-darktopazI love eyeliner—I don’t feel like I look awake without it. Some women have trouble applying it so they avoid it altogether, but hopefully these tricks will help you learn to make your eyes your most noticeable feature. Pencil liner is the easiest to use and the best to start with if you are new to applying eyeliner.

If achieving the perfect line is too challenging, draw a rough line as close to the lash line as possible and use a Q-tip with a water-based makeup remover to clean up mistakes. Creating dots along the lash line, then connecting them is an easy way to create a guide for your liner if you have trouble creating a straight line.

If you want fuller-looking lashes at the base and feel like applying liner to the lids closes off your eyes, tight lining or applying liner under your lash line will create a natural look.

If a cat eye is the look you’re going for, use a business card as a guide to create the perfect flick (some women also use scotch tape). A lot of makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts recommend using a white liner along the lower rim of the eye, but I feel that makes you look almost sickly, so I instead go for a skin-toned liner that will still open up my eyes while making them look brighter and more natural.

If you have monolids, use a gel liner to line almost your whole lid so when your eyes are open your liner will be the perfect size. If your liner is too dry or tugs your eye area, rub it between your hands for a minute, or use a lighter to warm it up (just don’t place the liner directly into the flame). For a quick, easy liner application, put the liner on your eyelash curler then curl lashes, this also helps the lashes hold a curl. If all else fails, primer and concealer work well at fixing mistakes or smudges.

Shape your Summer Body with CelluliteRx® LipoTherm

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ID003-celluliterx-lipolift-firming-lotionWith temperatures rising and summer fast approaching, many women are looking to beat the heat. Whether you break out a bikini for lounging poolside or rock stylish shorts for a seasonal soiree, you can look and feel your best with all-natural CelluliteRx® LipoTherm Contour Cream!

Upon application you can see and feel LipoTherm Contour Cream in action. The rosy flush and warmth that result are due to the active ingredient niacin, which dramatically increases circulation. Increased circulation reduces the appearance of cellulite by flushing away toxins that weaken your skin’s collagen matrix.

Aside from poor circulation, the formation of cellulite is also caused by the hormone estrogen. Estrogen can contribute to swelling of fat cells in the subcutaneous layer of the skin. LipoTherm Contour Cream formulated with Regu-Slim ®, a natural complex of guarana seed extract, caffeine, and carnitine help stimulate fat-burning while wild yam extract helps to smooth out hormonal imbalances.

The LipoTherm Contour Cream and the full line of all-natural CelluliteRx® products are 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Choosing to care for your body with products that are healthy for your skin and the environment has never been easier!


My Favorite Multi-Functional Products

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YD024-skin-authority-daily-defense-moisturizer-spf-30When taking preventative measures with my skin care, I’m very diligent, but let’s face it; there are only so many hours in the day. So I love multi-tasking products that save time as well as money. Since I never leave the house without sunscreen, I look for moisturizers that contain SPF and skin-nourishing ingredients. Most mornings leave precious little time for pampering, so finding a product I like that takes the place of two leaves me overjoyed.

A few months back, SkinStore had a visit from the Skin Authority brand. Their product presentation went into great detail about the products that they carry. I went from not being very familiar with this line to being extremely impressed with what they have to offer.

I decided to try their Skin Authority Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, and I have to say this little gem has found a home in my skin care regimen. This moisturizer with SPF is very lightweight, which is extremely important to me when looking for a hydrating/protective product. Even though I wear it under makeup all day, my skin still feels like it can breathe.  This moisturizer offers both UVA and UVB protection and can be used on all skin types.

Another multi-tasking product that I treasure is Hydroxatone’s Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad-Spectrum SPF 40. This product doesn’t just make my skin look amazing as a cosmetic; it gives me SPF protection and hydration benefits as well! This BB cream offers the perfect amount of coverage but gives me that no- makeup look that I strive for. Facial make-up is increasingly becoming more than just cosmetics, and many products offer ingredients to address skin care concerns as well. With a little streamlining to your skin care routine, you can become a lot more consistent when it comes to using your preventative products on a daily basis.


More Than Just SPF!

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TP064-topix-replenix-sheer-physical-sunscreen-cream-spf-50Our skin needs UV protection, now more than ever. We’re constantly exposed to UV light—even indoors—due to computers, smartphones, and lights in offices and stores. Even if we’re not out in the sun, we still need to shield our skin from potential danger. And now with higher SPF products that do more than just one thing, it’s even easier. Here’s some of our faves:

Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 is an amazing treatment sunscreen. It’s chock full of antioxidant protection and contains Emblica fruit extract, which helps smooth your skin’s texture. The creamy formula is also hydrating, so just by putting on your sun protection, you get smoother, softer skin. We also love what’s not in it: artificial fragrance, oil and parabens. This weightless formula dries translucent with no unsightly white cast. Yes, please!

We often hear from people with oily skin that they are just not fans of SPF. They don’t like the heavy, greasy feel. We think you might change your mind with this one. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 provides 3-in-1 benefits.  It will set makeup, control oil and provide antioxidant-rich sun armor. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up during the day, and it also comes in a purse size which is ideal for re-application.

Summer means we will just naturally be in the sun more often. For some of us that means hyperpigmentation surfacing. La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Tone Correcting Primer is a tinted primer with their trademark CELL-OX Shield technology which has sun filters and antioxidants. But it also conceals a myriad of skin conditions such as redness, acne marks and scarring, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and even melasma! All while creating a smooth foundation for makeup. This must-have is also suitable for sensitive skin. How can it get any better?



Want Glowing Skin?

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BK108-b-kamins-bamboo-and-rice-facial-polisherWhen it comes to exfoliation, there are physical and chemical exfoliators.  Although I am a fan of chemical exfoliation, a great facial scrub is something I am not willing to part with. Physical exfoliators contains little beads or bits of a substance such as walnut shells to physically scrub the skin. The thing I really love about this kind of exfoliation is the instant gratification. It gives my skin an immediate glow and it’s very smooth to the touch. The massaging of the product promotes improved circulation, which then in turn makes my skin come to life. When looking for a physical scrub, gentle is always the key. You never want to use anything that can cause irritation and inflammation. Always remember there is no need to apply very much pressure because the scrub does all the work!

One of my favorite facial scrubs is the PCA SKIN Gentle Exfoliant. This cleansing scrub contains beads that smooth and polish the skin without irritating it. If you have sensitive skin, this product will give you the desired results without your skin reacting in a negative way. With this product a little goes a long way, which translates to a great bang for your buck. Many dermatologists recommend this scrub, knowing that it is gentle yet effective for their patients who all bring different skin issues to their offices.

B. Kamins Bamboo and Rice Facial Polisher is the product that I use when my skin is congested. This gentle polisher is designed for acneic, sun-damaged, and thickened skin. This is not for sensitive types.  After using this product, I did notice that it reduced my pore size significantly. Overall, this product did what it claimed and gave me a healthier complexion by evening out my skin tone and smoothing out the texture. When I feel a breakout coming on, I use this product three times a week because it helps get rid of excess sebum. I really like the fact that it helps me combat the acne without drying my skin and actually moisturizes it. Facial scrubs are effective for so many reasons: ance/congestion, uneven skin tone, and they even help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use.  I think everyone could use a facial scrub, but finding that one that suits your skin is the first important step toward getting the results you are trying to achieve.

Don’t Make that Blush Blunder!

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JI046-jane-iredale-purepressed-blush-barely-roseBlush is one of my favorite products to liven up my face. A lot of women tend to steer clear of blush because they don’t know how to properly apply it, or don’t know how to select the right shade for their skin tone. Following are a few tips and suggestions to help you achieve the perfect cheek. You never want to apply your blush too high or too low; start on the apples of the cheeks and use a very light hand to blend it back toward your temples. If you can’t find the apples of your cheeks, feel along your cheek bones and apply blush where the bone ends and you can feel the fleshiest part of the cheek. Not blending is one of the biggest mistakes women tend to make. The last thing you want is doll-like cheeks with circles in the middle of your face.

Dab the blush onto the apples and blend back softly. If you feel your blush still looks too heavy or not blended, use a sponge to blend the edges and get a seamless and natural-looking flush. Powder blush is the most common, but don’t be afraid to try a cream or stain if you have dry or aged skin. When I’m in a hurry, I use a cream blush and blend it with my fingers. Selecting the right shade for your skin can be tricky and take some trial and error. Here are some general guidelines as to which shades flatter each skin tone: Fair skin tends to look best in pale or baby pink shades. Peaches and corals look great on medium skin tones, and dark skin looks gorgeous in berries and deep rosy hues. Hopefully this information helps you never make another blush blunder again!

Love those Lips!

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lipglossOne of our favorite brands has just introduced a new set of luxurious lip gloss colors in their Marvelous Moxie line. What we love about the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie glosses is the plump and shine! A hint of peppermint oil gives your lips a little tingle and just the right amount of plump. The glossy finish is never sticky. These glosses look great alone or over your fave lipstick. The new bareMinerals Stop Gloss and Listen set offers six shades from bold to subtle. These sheer glosses provide buildable color and make a great gift!

If you prefer a more hydrating option, KORRES Lip Butters are rich, buttery balms that drench your korreslipspout in lip-softening shea and natural oils. These balms contain good-for-you ingredients and no petrolatum. They come in Mango, Guava, Jasmine, Wild Rose, and Pomegranate. All will give your lips a juicy look and a pop of color!

Another 5-Star-rated lip treat is the Soap and Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm in Juicy Peach. It’s rich in berry extracts and mango butter that soften and moisturize your lips. Our customers say the scent is not overwhelming, the product is affordable and PERFECT. We think you will love it too!


Skin Care for Men

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artofshavingMen’s skin is 22% thicker than that of their female counterparts, therefore pores tend to be larger and carry more dirt, oil, and bacteria. Most men are minimalists when it comes to their skin care regimens, when in fact they should be taking the time to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize just like women. Here is a streamlined skin care regimen to keep men’s skin clean, wrinkle- and blemish-free.

Cleansing is an important step to remove all the junk that has accumulated in the pores. I highly recommend investing in the Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device. It cleanses the skin 6 times more effectively than just the hands, by oscillating 300 times per second and flexing the pores to remove all dirt, grime, and bacteria. The cleanser I’d recommend is the Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser. Its 2-in-1 cleansing and toning formulation is perfect for removing dirt and oil, and has ingredients like witch hazel, sage, and rosemary to keep skin toned and clear.

Exfoliation is important; not only does it remove dead skin cells and excess oil, but it also lifts facial hair, helping to prevent ingrown hairs and provide a closer shave. Menscience Microfine Face Scrub provides physical and chemical exfoliation. The ultrafine beads slough off surface cells while glycolic acid works to treat and prevent wrinkles. Lastly, salicylic acid clears pores of oil and acne-causing bacteria.

Using a shave cream helps reduce friction and provide a smooth shave. A rich formula like Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream will provide a comfortable, pain- and nick-free experience, while leaving skin soft and supple.

If you have a beard or are working on growing one, beard oil is essential to soften and smooth facial hair and moisturize the skin underneath. Billy Jealousy Gnarly Sheen Refining Beard Oil is a great option.

Skip the aftershave, as it tends to dry out the skin rather than provide moisture. After shaving, apply the Art of Shaving After Shave Balm, which not only moisturizes, but helps reduce skin irritations as well.

Eye cream isn’t only for women. Applying a hydrating eye cream or serum around the eye twice daily will help treat and prevent wrinkles. Menscience Eye Rescue Formula is a customer favorite. It tightens the eye area and reduces puffiness, while providing hydration.

Every guy should be applying a daily moisturizer with sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UV rays and keep the skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Billy Jealousy Combat Lines Face Moisturizer SPF 30 provides all-day sun protection without being greasy or leaving white residue.

Our skin is in repair mode while we sleep, so a night cream is optional but recommended. Lab Series Night Recovery Lotion will work to firm and hydrate the skin while you sleep.




Favorite Oil-Free Moisturizers

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Kate_Somerville_Oil_Free_Moisturizer_KS019When the seasons change, it’s a good idea to adjust our skin care regimens. Sometimes that means trading in the heavy cream that works so well in winter for a lighter, oil-free moisturizer. If you have oily skin, you do not want a moisturizer that contains a lot of heavy oils. Fortunately, many oil-free moisturizers contain ingredients that work the same way. Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients that absorb or help another substance retain moisture. These ingredients are called humectants. Glycerin pulls moisture from the environment instead of sealing it in the skin. Even oily skin needs moisturizing and oilier types shouldn’t be afraid of using a daily moisturizer. The key is finding the one that suits your skin.

Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer is one of my recent discoveries. This excellent moisturizer hydrates the skin, controls oil production, and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m very impressed with the instant results. I apply it in the morning before my SPF and makeup and surprisingly, it’s the product that keeps my skin looking great the entire day. I don’t have to apply powder or use blotting sheets—this product does all the work for me! The formula feels as though it vanishes into my skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. This moisturizer can also be used at night. My other go-to oil-free moisturizer is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion. Hyaluronic acid holds up to a thousand times its weight in water, which instantly plumps up the skin for a very youthful look. Over time, I noticed it was giving my skin a firmer feel and I even noticed a difference with the texture on my cheeks where I deal with congestion.  People who have adult acne or those prone to oily skin will really enjoy the way this moisturizer feels and how it keeps their skin beautifully shine-free all day long.

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