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Contouring for Acne Prone Skin

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Want a slimmer nose? Defined cheekbones? Hide your double chin? Make that forehead appear smaller? Contouring can do all of that, and more! Now, if you suffer with Acne, you are probably thinking that this won’t work for you. But not to worry, Dermablend is the #1 recommended camouflage brand by Dermatologists across the world. We are non-comedogenic and non-acneic and fragrance free. Trust, you can have a beautiful contoured face without the breakouts or heavy foundation!

When it comes to foundation, no one does it better than Dermablend. Foundation IS what we do. This contouring technique features Intense Powder Camo and especially for our friends who suffer with breakouts!

-COVER: When choosing to different foundations, you want to aim to have your highlight shade 1-3 shades lighter than your traditional foundation and your contour shade 1-3 shades darker than your foundation.

-HIGHLIGHT: Apply the Intense Powder Camo foundation highlight shade to your nose and out to your forehead, like a palm tree. Then apply under the eyes in an upside down triangle (down on cheekbones). Apply to upper lip and center of chin. Lastly, apply a small highlight line in between your jaw and cheekbone. This provides more product when blending.

-CONTOUR: Make a duck face, apply the Intense Powder Camo foundation to contour under the cheekbone from the hairline, tracing across cheekbone until just before the nose. Then apply to the jawline (and if you want to hide that double chin, then apply under the jaw on the neck as well). Then draw down the sides of the nose to give a slimmed effect. Lastly, apply from temple to temple, tracing your hairline.

-BLENDING: Everyone has their own technique. When using powder, a powder brush works great for the highlight. Beauty Blender works best for the contour. Start by blending the highlight on the nose up to the contour. Blend all highlighted areas first to the contour. Then, smooth the contour into the highlight.

-SET: Lastly, ensure you have blended every area and set with Dermablend’s Setting Powder and voila! You have a beautifully, professional contoured face!

Looking for a breakthrough acne solution developed with dermatologists? Try La Roche-Posay .

The Effaclar line of medical acne solutions have been developed to advance dermatologist treatment protocols to optimize patient results and compliance for over 30 years. The La Roche-Posay Dermatological Acne System offers the only system with Effaclar Duo to reduce 60% of acne in only 10 days. Visible results starting day 1.

You can find both Dermablend and La Roche Posay products on SkinStore.com.


Avoid Makeup Meltdown

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Searching high and low for a finishing spray to avoid makeup meltdown this summer? You’re not alone. We’ve all encountered brands that claim to give a flawless finish, but fall short. The “Makeup Gods” have answered our prayers! Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray – Oil Control, is an ultra-fine mist that controls shine for up to 16 hours. Skindinavia’s award-winning formula absorbs excess oil and keeps your makeup fresh and flawless, preventing your eye shadow and foundation from sliding or caking on hot summer nights. The Skindinavia collection also includes formulas for other concerns such as signs of aging and dryness.

 

You can find Skindinavia on SkinStore.com.


NEW! bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

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bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum FoundationAre you looking for a lightweight foundation that is perfect for summer? Or a foundation that provides full coverage, but also helps to treat the skin? bareMinerals has you covered on all angles! Their new bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is revolutionary. It’s packed with vitamin C to help brighten the skin and is clinically proven to help correct skin-tone. Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before. If you’re looking to treat your skin this summer this is the foundation for you!

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


Brow Envy

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Brows are back in fashion. Whether you prefer a thick bold brow or a more natural look we have the perfect tools to frame that anastasiapretty face of yours. One of the top brands that’s been making waves in the cosmetic industry is Anastasia. Anastasia has reached mainstream notoriety by creating the largest assortment of award winning eyebrow products and best-selling brow pencils on the market today. Our must have products from the Anastasia line are listed below.

  1. NEW! Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade: A waterproof brow color ideal for sculpting, defining, and carving perfectly precise brows that won’t fade. Smudge-free, creamy formula glides on skin and adheres to hair. Must-have for oily skin and humid climates. It comes in 8 different colors Ebony, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Soft Brown, Chocolate, Taupe, Blonde and Auburn.

 

  1. Anastasia Brow Wiz: An ultra-slim mechanical pencil to shape, define and fill in your brows for a natural, polished look. Includes a spooley brush to easily blend for a natural look.

 

  1. Anastasia Clear Brow Gel: Tame unruly brows without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky. This clear gel formula, enriched with botanical conditioners and essential oils, can be worn alone or layered over Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo or Brow Pencils to set your brows for a polished look that lasts all day.

Click below for a step by step tutorial on 5 Minute Bold Brows by Anastasia Beverly Hills:

You can find the products mentioned about on SkinStore.com.


New! BB Cream for Your Eyes?!

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With all of the BB Creams that have hit the market lately it was only a matter of time until a BB Cream Eyeshadow was created, bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow SPF 15. It’s a hybrid creamy shadow; long-wearing color meets exceptional skincare benefits and broad spectrum SPF protection. Chock-full of skin-loving ingredients, this breakthrough product delivers 5 benefits in one luxe formula.

 

Benefits: careMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow-Soft Shell

-12-hour long-wearing color.

-Supercharged primer.

-Powerful brightening benefits.

-Smoothes the appearance of fine lines.

-Protects with Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

 

You can find this amazing product on SkinStore.com.


Dare to Bare with Dermablend

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Summer season is upon us and the urge to wear those shorts and skirts is something all women look forward to, well most do. If you are like 60% of the US population, you probably have some areas on your body that cause you to keep those long pants and  sleeves on to avoid embarrassment.

Whether your concern is spider or varicose veins on your legs, unsightly stretch marks or that embarrassing Dolphin tattoo on your back, we hear your cries! Many women feel immense shame and discomfort about their imperfections, to the point of hiding under layers of clothing. Fret (and sweat) no more, Dermablend Professional has got you covered with our Leg & Body Cover!

Leg & Body Cover utilizes high performance technology by depositing high purity pigments in a medium coverage body foundation. Leg & Body Cover will improve skin tone shades and texture to deliver a flawless look while staying in place for 16 hours of consistent color wear. What’s best of all is Leg & Body Cover feels natural and comfortable all day! Going to the beach? Not a problem! Simply use Dermablend’s Setting Powder to lock in the product, keeping it water and sweat resistant for 16 hours!

Depending on the area you’re covering, the application will vary. See tips below!

- Want to bare your legs without embarrassing spider veins or scars? Simply smooth Dermablend’s Leg & Body Cover on your legs for smooth and beautiful skin! Tip: When applying to the legs, use downward strokes (think opposite direction of shaving legs) as it will lay even and smoother on the skin providing flawless finish and SPF 15!

- Covering dark stretch marks? Apply Leg & Body Cover with a sponge and gently tap over the area to build coverage. Smooth the edges out and see your stretch marks disappear! Then follow with setting powder to keep it smudge proof, water resistant and in place for 16 hours!

- Want to cover your embarrassing tattoo? No problem! We have two options for you. For large tattoo’s use Dermablend’s Leg & Body Cover! Simply tap over the area with a sponge to build coverage, smooth edges with a foundation brush or fingertips. Let it dry for 5-8 minutes to ensure proper color (shade will deepen as it dries). Use a touch of Dermablend’s Setting Powder to lock in place for 16 hours, no smudging and you can even swim in it! Tip: Still seeing your tattoo peak through? Just add an additional layer of Leg & Body Cover and you will see it disappear!

For smaller, localized tattoos or areas that need coverage, try Dermablend’s NEW Quick-Fix Body! This new body foundation stick is ideal to conceal localized areas on the body. Simply tap Quick-Fix Body into the area needing coverage aNew-Seal-#1_DBnd smooth it out with fingertips or a brush. Simply use Dermablend’s Setting Powder to lock in the product, keeping it water and sweat resistant for 16 hours! Easy to use and travel with! Use it alone, or with Leg & Body Cover for ultimate coverage.

So go ahead, bare that skin with confidence! Dermablend has got you covered!

Need more proof? Just take a look at these amazing before and after pictures! You can find Dermablend on SkinStore.com.

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Check out this video for a closer look on how amazing Dermablend is!

 


Get the Perfect Summer Eye Look with Stila

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Eye shadow palettes are the perfect tools for us ladies that love to get dolled up. Palettes give you an assortStila Garden Palettement of great pigments at a lower price. Now that summer is here, let’s highlight those beautiful eyes with some bright colors! The perfect palette for summer is Stila In The Garden Eye Shadow Palette. This easy-to-use pallet is filled with beautiful bright shimmery colors, mixed with a few neutrals for a complete look.

In the Garden Eye Shadow Palette is a stunning collection of 10 shades of Stila’s award-winning eye shadows in wearable, botanical-inspired shades for every skin tone.

The palette also includes an exclusive Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish (black with gold and green pearl), and an 8-page look book with detailed how-to tips and tricks.

Shades:

-Chinois – matte creamy white

-Breeze – shimmery beige

-Bark – shimmery taupe

-Freesia – shimmery violet blue

-Rosette – metallic pink violet

-Nectar – matte creamy beige

-Honey – metallic bronze gold

-Sage – shimmery translucent green

-Moss – dark olive green with shimmer

-Juniper – deep shimmery forest green

 

You can learn more about this palette at SkinStore.com.


How to Determine Your Skin Tone

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Determining your skin tone is essential when color matching foundation and selecting your most flattering makeup shades. Similar to selecting colors in clothing, the right hue can make you sparkle and shine. Complimentary colors enhance and brighten your complexion, while the wrong one makes you look drab and washed out.

Skin tones are separated into three general categories warm, cool and neutral. Keep in mind, within each skin tone there are different undertones or subtle hues in the skin. There are four basic undertones: yellow/orange, red/orange, blue/red and red. Warm skin tones have yellow/orange or red/orange undertones. While women with cool skin tones have blue/red or red undertones.

Use these helpful tips to determine your skin tone and better understand what colors best suit you.

Warm Skin Tone:
The majority of the population has a warm golden skin tone. Generally, people who have black, brown, blond, or red hair with brown, black or hazel eyes fall into this category. Women who have an olive complexion and tan easily also fall into this group. An easy way to determine your skin tone is by a simple vein test. If you look at the inside of your wrist (in natural light) and your veins look slightly green, then you have a warm skin tone.

The most flattering and natural makeup shades for warm skin tones are warm, earthy colors. Hues of brown, gold, bronze, olive, beige, champagne, sage green, cream, mocha, rust, and apricot are complimentary. Try to find foundations that are yellow or peach based and avoid foundations that have a pink or red base.

Cool Skin Tone:
Women with a cool skin tone have a pink, rosy undertone with subtle hints of blue. People with very fair skin, fine blond, black or brown hair with blue, green, or grey eyes most often fall into this category. A good indicator of a cooler complexion is if your skin is thinner, translucent, and sensitive or burns easily. If you look at the inside of your wrist and your veins appear to look slightly blue, then you have a cool under tone.

Cool skin tones most flattering and natural makeup shades are rich vibrant colors. Hues like navy, red, bright pink, raspberry, emerald green, plum, black, violet, turquoise and silver are complimentary. Look for foundations that are pink based and stay away from ones that have a yellow or orange base.

A common misconception for cool skin tones is to counteract redness by using a yellow based foundation. Using a foundation different from your natural skin tone masks your natural beauty. The wrong shade is often noticeable, leaving an orange or yellow ring around the jaw line. While the correct shade blends seamlessly, enhancing your natural skin tone.

Neutral Skin Tone:
If you find yourself not fitting into either the warm or cool category you may have a neutral skin tone. Luckily for neutral ladies, they look great in any color, warm or cool. Experimenting with a wide variety of colors will help determine what best suits you.
Look for foundations that are neutral in color, neither too yellow nor pink.

The right color choices for your skin tone will enhance and enliven your appearance. Simply put these helpful hints to use and be prepared for glowing compliments!

You can find a plethora of cosmetics and beauty products at SkinStore.com.


Bridal Boot Camp

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shutterstock_19241341Wedding season is here. Even if you are not the bride chances are you are attending a wedding in the near future. Weddings are great, but they are even better when you show up looking superhot! Everyone puts their best foot forward for these events so it’s time to step up your game. That means beautiful hair, nails, teeth and skin. Luckily for you we have put together a to do list so your wedding look doesn‘t disappoint.

Weeks before the wedding you need to address your skin and teeth. I would start bleaching your teeth as soon as you mail in your wedding RSVP reply card. There are plenty of ways to achieve a pearly white smile. You may use toothpaste that whitens or even teeth bleaching gizmos, whatever you choose start working on a whiter smile as soon as possible. Teeth whitening is a process and the longer you treat your teeth the better the results. We suggest Supersmile Professional Whitening System.  Simply brush your teeth for 2 minutes a day for dramatically whiter teeth without messy trays!

When it comes to perfecting your skin a great way to clear up any skin concerns is by starting some glycolic treatments. Glycolic is a fantastic way to clear up skin without having to go through a lengthy peeling process. Plus glycolic gives your skin a healthy looking glow! One of the best go to glycolic treatments on the market is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. For best results use consistently 2-3 times a week for one month. Your skin will look A-MAZING!

Another way to obtain a beautiful glow is with nice self-tanner. One BIG reason I love self-tanners is you look instantly thinner when your skin is tan. Let’s be honest tan legs look much more toned than pasty legs. Self-tanners are super simple to use too. Get in the shower, exfoliate the skin, shave, get out and apply moisturizer. Next, apply the self-tanner, I prefer spray on tanners for hard to reach areas like the back, and then wash your hands after. Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush is my go to product!  Just remember to do all your waxing and shaving BEFORE applying self-tanner. There is nothing worse than a beautifully bronzed face with a white upper lip and brows!

Now that your teeth and skin are a vision of glowing perfection it’s time to address the hair and nails. When it comes to hair and nails anything goes. Nail art is all the rage right now. The things people are doing with their nails today is nothing short of amazing. One look that isn’t amazing is dirty and chipped nails. Don’t show up to a wedding looking like you just spent the day digging in the garden. The same goes for your hair. Keep in mind the type of wedding you are attending when choosing a hair style, elegant, beachy or casual, show up looking like you belong and not out of place. Once your look is on point you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that you look your very best!

You can find the products mentioned in the article at SkinStore.com.


Summer Revamp

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shutterstock_35600407Summer is almost here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys that go along with summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine hair. What is a beach beauty to do?

Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.

Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!

Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.

Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!



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