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More than Make Up

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Jane Iredale is not your typical make up. It is an extension of skin care. I have always wondered why some women spend all this time and money making sure their skin regimen is ideal for their skin but the makeup ingredients are not always as important. With Jane Iredale you do not have to compromise the coverage or the beautiful make up products. This line is recommended to patients by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and skin care professionals.

Jane Iredales line avoids harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance, and chemical sunscreens wherever it is possible. Make up can also cause acne. Most cosmetics contain certain oils that will cause or worsen acne. The type of acne that is caused from makeup is referred to as acne cosmetic. It is characterized by blocked pores and reddened bumps. Acne cosmetica occurs when oils from the makeup product collect and clog your pores.  acne1

This line will not only make your skin look wonderful, but it is actually good for your skin. This is the first make up line that that includes skincare benefits in their formulations. When looking for a great make up product it is not only about what looks best on the skin. Products that have the great coverage are usually the most likely to clog your pores. In result you will find yourself using more make up to cover the imperfections that you have created. This will not be the case in this line and you will not be compromising in the look you want to achieve with your make up. Jane Iredale gives you everything you want out of a cosmetic line and your skin will thank you.


The At Home Peel: Real Chemistry 3 Minute Peel

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ty002There was a day that you had to visit your local spa or dermatologist office to get a good skin peel. Those days are gone and at home peels are the way to go, if you want to bring your skincare regimen to a new level. If you’re already using great skincare products, you’re probably wondering if a peel is even necessary. Skincare products work better after a peel since the skin is freshly exfoliated and more receptive of the ingredients that are applied onto it.

One peel that we really love right now is the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.  This peel is a gel that is thinly applied on your face and décolleté. After just 15 seconds, dead skin begins to solidify as you massage the peel onto your skin. Once all of the gel has been worked in, rinse your face, and pat dry.

Keep in mind if you are already using an exfoliating product, there is no need to use that and the peel on the same day. In fact, we recommend that you refrain from using any retinol, glycolic, or lactic ingredients the day before or after doing the at home peel. And as always, be sure to follow up with an SPF. We do not want sun exposure to reverse the results you’ve worked hard for. We recommend that you apply this peel at night. This will allow any redness to calm before exposure to daylight.


Ginger, and Ginseng, and Biotin, Oh My!

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Flat hair? We care! Don’t let your summer look fall flat. Instead, give it an easy boost with Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray. Our trifecta of hair-lovin’ ingredients, including ginger, ginseng, and biotin, work together to strengthen, smooth, and protect your strands.

There’s no need to sacrifice your summer fun to save your hair. Simply spray on a few blasts of Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray onto damp, post-shower hair, focusing on the roots. Using a round brush, blow your hair dry and watch it come back to life.

So how does it work? Three key ingredients combine their superpowers to take your hair to the next level.

Ginger doesn’t just accompany your sushi dinner! Rich in fatty acids, this powerful ingredient helps to prevent hair loss and thinning for fuller, healthier looking hair. It delivers a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients essential to hair growth.

Ginger also helps to boost circulation, which is said to stimulate the hair follicles to grow hair longer and stronger.

 

Ginseng, another main ingredient in Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Spray, strengthens your strands from root to tip by increasing the absorption of nutrients. Yes, your hair needs its vitamins to grow healthy and strong! Make sure they are delivered right where they are needed with ginseng.

 

Biotin, the third ingredient in this strand-strengthening trifecta, is a B-vitamin known for fortifying hair by improving the keratin structure for glossier, voluminous hair.

Wave goodbye to thin, split-ended, sun-damaged hair, and say hello to full, beautiful locks. Spray it in, blow it out, and turn some heads with your gorgeous hair, Briogeo babes!


Final Day: NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST. (Weekend/holiday winners will be posted Tuesday, September , 2015)

See the complete contest rules here.


Day Two: NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST.

See the complete contest rules here.


Hot Off the Press: Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device

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CS196Most of us know all about the Clarisonic Cleansing System.  However, Clarisonic’s newest addition is designed especially for men’s skin needs. The Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device promotes skin clarity and health by clearing away dirt, sweat, oil, and dead skin. The Alpha Fit cleanses the skin 6 times better than the hands alone.  The face and neck are also prepped for a smooth and close shave during the process.

The set includes the Alpha Cleanse Men’s Facial Cleanser that does an effective job at removing dead skin, oil, and debris with lactic acid, aloe, and caffeine. It is a fast lathering gel formula, contains aloe to soothe skin post shave and cleanse an existing beard. The Men’s Daily Cleanse Brush Head, provides a deeper more invigorating cleanse and is also included in the set.

In clinical testing, 100% of men felt their skin was cleaner, more comfortable and smoother. Over 90% of men experienced less shaving nicks, razor bumps, and a closer shave. Over 90% of men with beards felt a cleaner, softer, and more comfortable beard.


Lowdown on the Scrub Down

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GK015As we all know, beautiful skin takes a little work.  It’s easy to be reminded that we need to exfoliate our face.  We look in the mirror each day and can easily see if there are dry patches of skin or breakouts forming on our face.  What about the rest of our body? Just because we can’t easily see the skin on our backs or behind our arms doesn’t mean that dead skin cells aren’t there.  So what do we do? Keep exfoliating. But this time include your body and not just your face.

Exfoliating the entire body has many benefits. It can prevent acne on the body and help prevent dead skin cells from clogging freshly shaved or waxed skin.  This will ultimately reduce those pesky and sometimes painful ingrown hairs. It can also leave your skin smooth, soft, and hydrated.GK013

There are several different types of scrubs out there that will do a great job exfoliating your skin. Our current favorites are from Soap and Glory.  The Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub and Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub both do the trick with sweet, fresh, and delicate fragrances.  The Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub contains oat, shea butter, and sugar.  Banana, honey, and almond extracts are added to gently moisturize the skin.  The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub contains lime, lemon, almond oil, and brown sugar. Vanilla musk and macadamia oils leave skin smooth and delicately scented.  Simply exfoliating at least once a week will instantly improve the look and feel of your skin.


Beauty on a Budget: The Perfect at Home Peel

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RC PeelThere was a day that you had to visit your local spa or dermatologist office to get a good skin peel.  Those days are gone and at home peels are the way to go, if you want to bring your skincare regimen to a new level.  If you’re already using great skincare products, you’re probably wondering if a peel is even necessary.  Skincare products work better after a peel since the skin is freshly exfoliated and more receptive of the ingredients that are applied onto it.

One peel that we really love right now is the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.

This peel is a gel that is thinly applied on your face and décolleté. After just 15 seconds, dead skin begins to solidify as you massage the peel onto your skin.  Once all of the gel has been worked in, rinse your face, and pat dry.

Keep in mind if you are already using an exfoliating product, there is no need to use that and the peel on the same day.  In fact, we recommend that you refrain from using any retinol, glycolic, or lactic ingredients the day before or after doing the at home peel. And as always, be sure to follow up with an SPF.  We do not want sun exposure to reverse the results you’ve worked hard for. We recommend that you apply this peel at night. This will allow any redness to calm before exposure to daylight.


An SPF for Everybody!

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We are all aware that we need to protect our skin from the harmful Ultra Violet Aging (UVA), Ultra Violet Burning (UVB), and Ultra Violet Cancer (UVC) rays. They can come from the sun and other light sources like the UV Lights in our grocery stores, offices, computers, and almost anything that emits light.  Sometimes we hear customers say, “I hate the way sunscreen can feel heavy or sticky, turns me white or just smells horrible. No, no I just can’t do it.”  Well now you can! With sun protection available in just about every formulation, there’s bound to be that suits you perfectly.

You say, “I wish it smelled good and just melted into my skin like lotion.”  You want ARCONA Rezone SPF 20 or SPF 40 is a product like I’ve never used.  It’s a whipped mouse texture that is so lightweight that you won’t notice you have it on. With a great tropical fruit fragrance you’ll be excited to add this step in your regimen.

You say, “I just want to quickly apply it and be out the door with great protection for my outdoor lifestyle.” You want La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It gives a matte finish, so no oily shine later in the day.  It also comes in an SPF 45, or in a SPF 50 with a mineral formulation, if you prefer that.

 

You say, “I like the tan I get from the sun but I do want to protect from the UVA rays.”  You want Hampton Sun SPF 8, SPF 15, or SPF 30 Tanning Gel will give you that nice glow that makes you look and feel so good but minimize the fine lines and wrinkles that can occur from sun worshipping.  You will look hot – and smart!

You say, “I don’t want to feel it, smell it, or know it’s even on me.” You want Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen – Translucent is a great toss-and-go option. It comes in a jar with a sponge-tip applicator you just dab this on generously for clear weightless protection. Great for the hubby and kids too. It won’t melt in your purse so you can take it with you on all your outdoor summer getaways.

You say, “I just want to spritz it on and bring it with me so I can re-apply.” You want Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Ultra Light Oil Free SPF 30 Mist is your answer.  You can use this ultra-fine mist even over makeup!  It also has antioxidants to help protect from cell damaging free radicals. Plus, it is oil free so you can feel free to apply liberally and often.

You say, “I prefer a brush applicator.” ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Dry Mineral Powder is your BFF, one-and-done kind of SPF.  It is a loose, translucent powder that comes in this super-handy pen with a brush. Simply click the button at the top to release the product and brush on – voilà! You are covered! This great packing also comes in ARCONA Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25.

 

We say: Prevent future damage and protect yourself. Re-apply every few hours for maximum benefits. Don’t let your day at the beach be ruined by a painful and potentially dangerous sunburn.

Be safe, be healthy, and be happy!

 

 


Hello to REAL CHEMISTRY!

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RC PeelOK, I’m not going to lie. What first attracted me to this line was the sparkly, 2015 award-winning, packaging design.  The brown box design with warm, iridescent tones hone true to this brands Nashville roots.  I love how the Daily Serum’s cap looks like it was strung with white lights.

But, BETTER than that, this brand delivers on its promises. I recently had a chance to try three of the products:  the Luminous 3 Minute Peel, the Environmental Rescue Mask and the Daily Serum.  I started with the peel.  I love that it is one step with nothing to mix. You apply a layer of the gel peel over your entire face and neck; it foams up slightly which is bringing oxygen to the skin. Then you massage in small circles all over. You will feel skin particles forming under your fingers. Simply, rinse with a washcloth and you’re left with soft, radiant skin.  As an esthetician, this is the first product that I have found that is truly getting rid of my red blotchy cheeks (mild case of rosacea). No irritation or downtime.  I’m Impressed!

Then I followed it up with the Environmental Rescue Mask.  This is a mask you will want to apply at night, before bed so your skin can soak in the repairing ingredients.TY001  The refreshing sheet mask folds out and drenches the skin with the hero ingredient MTHV Complex®, which really works to repair unhealthy skin cells and reverses the damage caused by free radicals.  If you can get some much deserved down time, this is the way to do it.  I found it cooling on my face and totally relaxing, it’s a great way to end a summer day.

Finally, my new go-to serum, the Daily Serum, offers all the benefits of the mask in a daily dose. This brightens; reduces redness instantly and dark spots over time and helps with elasticity.  I can honestly say my skin is firmer since using this product religiously. It also imparts luminosity to the skin that’s perfect under foundation.   It is a new brand line that will be launching more products in the future. I really can’t wait for them to have a cleanser and moisturizer.

In my experience,  REAL CHEMISTRY=REAL RESULTS.

 



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