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Hot Ingredient: Aloe Vera

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The use of aloe vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians.  They called the plant the “plant of immortality”.  It was presented to dead pharaohs as burial gifts. Stone carvings still exist depicting its uses. The ancient Egyptians utilized the Aloe plant to heal infections, burns, and to clear up the existence of parasites on the body.  Since those times, the use of aloe vera has expanded.  We know it’s a leading therapy for sunburns; however, the additional uses of this magnificent plant may astonish you.  Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. The plant can grow anywhere from several inches in height to several feet, depending on its growing environment.  Ancient Greeks, Spaniards, and Arabs applied aloe to the body to minimize the occurrence of perspiration and body odor. During the sixteenth century, aloe made its way to the West Indies and shortly thereafter arrived in the Caribbean and America. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American herbalists relied heavily on Aloe Vera for many of their treatments.

Aloe leaves secrete, a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.  The leaves of this plant contain a high percentage of water, essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and glycoproteins. Aloe Vera has been credited with the following capabilities: antibacterial (minimizing the presence of bacteria), antimicrobial (minimizing microbes), antifungal (minimizing the existence of fungus), anthelmintic (reduction in number of parasites and worms), anti-inflammatory (easing of swelling), antiviral (destruction of viruses), vulnerary (wound healing), purgative (performance as an aggressive laxative), and emollient (acts to moisturize and soothe).

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Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, and hair and scalp problems.   Aloe vera has been credited with the ability to promote cell renewal as it soothes the skin. Taken orally, it is used to cleanse and support the digestive system, infuse energy, and support the immune system. Aloe vera juice is taken internally to provide relief from common digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. It is also taken orally to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, epilepsy, asthma, and diabetes. Topical applications revolve primarily around the treatment of sunburn, burns obtained from sources other than the sun, and psoriasis.

As an antibacterial substance, it offers relief from the redness associated with acne while helping to heal breakouts. Enhancing the skin’s natural levels of moisture, aloe vera is particularly helpful to use on sensitive or dry skin. Its moisturizing capabilities have led to its use in anti-dandruff shampoos. A rich source of many vitamins including A, B, and C, it is used to brighten skin tone and minimize minor pigmentation issues.  We hope you add aloe vera to your list of “must try” ingredients!


Anastasia: Dipbrow vs. Brow Wiz

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The days of pencil thin brows are over and full brows are here to stay! Every celebrity has an eyebrow guru to give them the desired natural but styled brow. Anastasia of Beverly Hills has been the Dipbrowfront runner of the eyebrow movement. Anastasia is an actual esthetician and brow technician who still runs her practice at her Beverly Hills salon. If you can’t afford the airfare, don’t fret! You can create a perfectly groomed eyebrow at home with her world famous Dipbrow Pomade or Brow Wiz.

AJ071The question is, which one is for you??

The Dipbrow Pomade is a waterproof, pot of highly pigmented eyebrow crème which comes in twelve shades. This is deal for sculpting existing hair or creating the illusion of hair where it may be lacking. If using a makeup brush isn’t your forte or time is of the essence, you may prefer the Brow Wiz. The Brow Wiz mechanical pencil comes in nine shades. The fine tip to mimic the appearance of small brow hairs and the bottom of the pencil is equipped with a spooley brush to effectively blend the product for a natural look. For optimal results, use short strokes and a light touch to fill in the brow, and extend where needed. Always blend pencil with the spooley for even color distribution.

Both are amazing products and will leave you with Hollywood style brows that will be the envy of all your friends!


Beautiful Brows Revealed

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You can’t deny it; a fabulous set of brows are priceless. Nicely groomed eyebrows, not only polish off a great look, but also act as an instant eye lift. There will be no need to schedule your next waxing appointment when you follow these simple steps.

First and foremost, invest in a quality set of tweezers. Look for a slanted tip, which provides better accuracy and grip when tweezing unruly hairs. My personal favorite is the Tweezerman Slanted tweezersTweezer. FYI for all the divas out there, these tweezers also come in several different colors! How fun- I’m always on the hunt for cute new items to spice up my makeup bag!

5 Steps to perfectly manicured brows:

1. The cardinal rule- Never over pluck! This is probably the hardest of all of the guidelines. We have all been overzealous with the tweezers at one time in our life, leaving your brows sparse and over plucked. But don’t fear – there are helpful tricks to avoid this mishap.

Try filling in your brows with an eyebrow pencil first. This enables you to create your perfect shape, acting as a pattern for you to follow while tweezing. Tip- use soft, feathery strokes when penciling in your brows, this mimics the look of hair. A heavy hand will make your brows look too harsh and drawn on. By diverting attention away from areas that need to grow in, the focus remains on the hairs that need to be plucked. Follow this easy step and you’ll never be left with thin, wimpy eyebrows again!

2. Shaping- Keep in mind everyone has differently shaped brows. Some are more rounded, while others are more squared. Some have high arches and others are straight across. The key is to enhance the shape you were born with.

3. There are three parts to an eyebrow- the head, arch and tail. The head of the brow should start directly above the side of the nose. Tip- Hold a pencil parallel to the side of your nose. The pencil will land where the head of the brow should begin. Tweeze any hairs that land in unibrow territory.

4. Next, holding the pencil at the side of your nose, diagonally angle it so that the pencil crosses the iris of your eye. The pencil will fall on the part of the brow where your arch should be. Pluck hairs one by one to open up and define the arch.

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5. Now, angle the pencil toward the outside corner of your eye. The pencil will land where the tail of the brow should end. Pluck any stray hairs that remain.

6. Lastly, finish off your look by applying a brow gel. I recommend Billion Dollar Brow Gel, it works wonders! The gel sets your hairs, keeping your brows polished and intact from morning until night!

 

 

Tips for Success:

-Try to avoid overarching the brow, which can leave you with a surprised or angry expression.

-Plucking too many hairs at once can leave holes or gaps in the brow. For better precision, pluck one hair at a time.

-Pick a neutral toned eye brow pencil that matches your natural hair color.

 

 


Vichy LiftActiv Supreme [GIVEAWAY]

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Have you felt like your skin aged in just one day?  You wake up refreshed and radiant and by the end of the day you look tired and dehydrated.  In fact, from morning to evening, we can look up to 4 months older, with skin that looks less radiant, saggy and more accentuated wrinkles. This treatment is specifically created to counteract daily aging. Vichy has proven that signs of aging become more pronounced over the course of the day. It’s not just the years that give away a woman’s age, it’s each passing day. In an exclusive clinical study, Vichy identified key markers that give skin its “tired look” by the end of the day:

– Dulled complexionhttp://www.skinstore.com/p-24538-vichy-liftactiv-supreme.aspx

– Deepening wrinkles

– Sagging features

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme features technology & ingredients that are innovative and long lasting. Instant 3D Optical Correctors simultaneously mattify, blur, and illuminate.  Exclusive “Day proof” Technology combines Caffeine + Adenosine for younger-looking features all day. Rhamnose and powerful antioxidant Neohesperidine help reduce the look of wrinkles over time: Contains fortifying and soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water.  It is also Paraben-free which is great for those with paraben sensitivities.

Immediately blur imperfections.   Your skin will look smooth and bright.  Your skin will remain stimulated the entire day so the skin looks plumped, hydrated, younger, and rested.  Over time, deep wrinkles will be visibly smooth and skin looks firmer.

The texture may seem rich but it melts immediately into the skin.  It is non-greasy, non-sticky, and works great under sunscreen or makeup.  This item has been allergy tested and is suitable for all skin types.

Click here to enter for a chance to win this!


Five Quick Beauty Tips – All Day Makeup

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All of us have beauty tips that we’ve picked up along the way that have helped us out in a pinch or have provided beauty relief in a new or previously undiscovered way. Extending makeup wear is a popular subject as most of us are dashing from place to place. Look pretty as a plum all day long with these quick tips!

If you suffer from runny eye makeup change to waterproof liquid liner for extended stay put power and all day wear with no re-application.

For all day wear lashes that can last through the office, to the gym and then out to dinner waterproof mascara is your best friend. It will stay put all day and doesn’t require touch up.

Lip stain is perfect for extended wear. Unlike lipstick which is topical, lip stain will actually stain your lip with a light pigment that will last much longer than traditional lip gloss or lip stick. In a pinch, use your lip stain as blush that will stay in place all day.

Use primer before applying your foundation and your makeup will look better and stay in place through the day.

And finally, if you have oily skin, don’t reapply makeup all day, blot it with oil absorbing blotting paper. In a pinch, tear off a piece of a ladies room seat cover and blot away.

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Beauty Tips at SkinStore.com

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At SkinStore we take a lot of pride in being able to offer up information that is educational and informative for our customers and beauty researchers who visit out site. We have an amazing assortment of beauty tips right at your fingertips. When you visit SkinStore.com, and you see the “beauty center” listed on the upper right side of the department navigation bar, you will find a drop down that includes “beauty tips”, click it. Once in the beauty tips section you will see a plethora of topics like skin care tips, natural tips, and tool tips among many other topics. There are so many wonderful tips to browse; I can’t possibly select even one to feature because they are all so interesting! Come on by and check it out!


Polish off your Pedi, Perfectly!

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Jolly GoodSandal season is upon us and what makes your sandals look even better? Painted tootsies, of course!

Our fave pedi polish just got even better. Butter LONDON just rolled out their latest Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer. The amazing original formula stayed chip-free and shiny for the life of you pedicure, yes even several weeks in between. But, the latest launch kicks it up several notches by offering a formula that strengthens, Flusher Blushersmoothes, and has a gel –like cushion with superior shine!   Best of all, this polish is free of all the nasty chemicals that we don’t want like: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide or xylene.

Try some fun summer colours brilliant for rocking your socks off! Jolly Good – opaque, bright coral crème (pictured above).  Flusher Blusher – opaque, fuchsia pink crème (pictured right) and Broody – opaque, raspberry crème. And of course they come in classic tones excellent for a perfect mani too!

You can find butter LONDON products on SkinStore.com.


Hot Ingredient: Aloe Vera

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The use of aloe vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians.  They called the plant the “plant of immortality”.  It was presented to dead pharaohs as burial gifts. Stone carvings still exist depicting its uses. The ancient Egyptians utilized the Aloe plant to heal infections, burns, and to clear up the existence of parasites on the body.  Since those times, the use of aloe vera has expanded.  We know it’s a leading therapy for sunburns; however, the additional uses of this magnificent plant may astonish you.  Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. The plant can grow anywhere from several inches in height to several feet, depending on its growing environment.  Ancient Greeks, Spaniards, and Arabs applied aloe to the body to minimize the occurrence of perspiration and body odor. During the sixteenth century, aloe made its way to the West Indies and shortly thereafter arrived in the Caribbean and America. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American herbalists relied heavily on Aloe Vera for many of their treatments.

Aloe leaves secrete, a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.  The leaves of this plant contain a high percentage of water, essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and glycoproteins. Aloe Vera has been credited with the following capabilities: antibacterial (minimizing the presence of bacteria), antimicrobial (minimizing microbes), antifungal (minimizing the existence of fungus), anthelmintic (reduction in number of parasites and worms), anti-inflammatory (easing of swelling), antiviral (destruction of viruses), vulnerary (wound healing), purgative (performance as an aggressive laxative), and emollient (acts to moisturize and soothe).

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Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, and hair and scalp problems.   Aloe vera has been credited with the ability to promote cell renewal as it soothes the skin. Taken orally, it is used to cleanse and support the digestive system, infuse energy, and support the immune system. Aloe vera juice is taken internally to provide relief from common digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. It is also taken orally to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, epilepsy, asthma, and diabetes. Topical applications revolve primarily around the treatment of sunburn, burns obtained from sources other than the sun, and psoriasis.

As an antibacterial substance, it offers relief from the redness associated with acne while helping to heal breakouts. Enhancing the skin’s natural levels of moisture, aloe vera is particularly helpful to use on sensitive or dry skin. Its moisturizing capabilities have led to its use in anti-dandruff shampoos. A rich source of many vitamins including A, B, and C, it is used to brighten skin tone and minimize minor pigmentation issues.  We hope you add aloe vera to your list of “must try” ingredients!

 


Too Faced the Little Black Book of Bronzers

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Too Faced the Little Black Book of BronzersWhatever the season I believe every women’s make-up arsenal should have at least one bronzer. Bronzers can be used for a number of things including contouring, accentuating, shimmer, or a tan like glow. Too Faced has recently come out with The Little Black Book of Bronzers which contains 8 unique shades. You will have one for every outfit, mood, occasion or day of the week!

Chocolate Soleil– Antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused matte bronzer that works on all skin tones, perfect for everyday contouring and creating an all-over deep tan.

Milk Chocolate Soleil- A lighter version of Chocolate Soleil that creates more subtle, all-over warmth, perfect for those with lighter skin tones.

Dark Chocolate Soleil- A darker version of Chocolate Soleil that’s perfect for more sculpted contouring, creating a more dramatic, deep matte bronzed look.

Snow Bunny– Four luminous shades blend together for just the right amount of sun-kissed, natural radiance.

Pink Leopard- Trio of skin-brightening and bronzing pigments that combine for a glorious all-over glow.

Beach Bunny- Custom-blend bronzer combines four sun kissed shades for a skin perfecting, summertime tan any time of year.

Endless Summer– Stay all day universal bronzer creates a lit-from-within bronzed glow that lasts 16-hours or more.

Sun Bunny– Original bronzer features slight pink undertone in the dual shade palette that mimics the flush of a real tan.

Bronzer is applied after your concealer and foundation. It is important to use a brush that is wider, fluffy, and not too stiff. A brush that is too stiff will leave blotchy results. There are also many brushes on the market that are made specifically for the cheek area. Swirl the brush in your product so that it lightly coats the end of your brush evenly, and then tap off the excess bronzer on the lid or side of the container. Start applying the bronzer at the top of your forehead, down the cheek bone, and then along the jawline. This method when done correctly should resemble a “3” shape on your face.

 

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.


Quick & Easy SPF Application!

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 Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear – MediumSummer is coming and that means it’s time to ramp up your SPF routine! While most of us are diligent about applying sunscreen in the morning every day we fail to reapply throughout the day. A great option for us gals that wear makeup is Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF30 Brush Perfectly Clear. This is a sunscreen in a translucent powder form that can be applied on top of your makeup! This makes the sheer thought of reapplication a snap! Simply dust on the sunscreen with the handy retractable brush and bam sun protection!

You can find this amazing product on SkinStore.com!



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