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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!

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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!


Protect Your Lips!

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Summer is on its way! While you’re out soaking up the sun and using sunscreen to protect your skin, don’t forget your delicate lips! The sun can be harsh and drying, so it’s very important to shield our lips damaging rays. Here are my top 3 products to keep your lips in perfect kissable condition.Combat Dry Chapped Lips

  1. Supergoop AcaiFusion SPF 30 Lip Balm – Sheer Pink: Fusion Lip Balms provide a unique, high SPF 30 lip balm solution to protect against broad-spectrum UV rays in a super-antioxidant and regenerative formulation while adding a sheer pink rosy tint to the lips.
  2. B. Kamins Lip Balm SPF 20: This soothing lip balm helps to moisturize and protect lips from sun, wind and extreme temperatures. This formula helps to repair chapped, sore lips with maple and softening essential oils. This treatment creates a smoother palette for lipstick application by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and reducing the feathering of lip color. Use anytime for softer, more luscious lips.
  3. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF 15: This convenient protectant lip balm helps to moisturize, soften and smooth lips in a chic lip stick form. This is the perfect item for ladies on the go that love lipstick, please note that this item comes in multiple shades.

You can find these amazing products on SkinStore.com!

 


Go Bare!

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BminLooking for natural mineral powder foundation that does not weigh your skin down? Do you crave long lasting coverage, and wish to diminish the appearance of imperfections without drying your skin? Then I dare you to “go bare,” with bareMinerals!

bareMinerals is completely natural, 100% pure, long lasting, and compliments all complexions. With an extensive range of shades, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

bareMinerals foundations are available at SkinStore.com!


Makeup Bag Must Have: Beautyblender

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BeautyblenderAllure’s The Best of Beauty Award Winner! The ultimate make up sponge applicator. The Beautyblender was invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva. The Beautyblender’s elliptical shape is designed to match the contours of your face and its lack of edges eliminates streaks allowing for perfect makeup application every time. The Beautyblender is non-allergenic, latex free & fragrance free. To use you simply, drench Beautyblender with water and squeeze out excess and dry to dampened state with clean towel. Use pointed end to blend under eye concealer and foundation around the nose. The rounded end is used to stiple on foundation – liquid, cream or powder, blush or bronzer. YC009-beautyblender-blendercleanser

Wash your Beautyblender with the Beautyblender’s specially formulated Blendercleanser – liquid or solid and then allow to air dry. SkinStore.com now has the Beautyblender in three colors, orignal (pink), pure (white) & the newest addition pro (black). So, if you are still using your fingers to apply your make up its time to convert over to the most modernized way to do your make up and try the Beautyblender.


Vegan and Vegetarian Products

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This is for all you vegans and veggies out there that want to use products to fit your lifestyle. Here’s some info on some vegan and vegetarian products that SkinStore.com offers. For those of you that may be newer to the world of vegetarianism I have made it pretty simple to spot out products to suit your preferences.

Strictly vegan lines do not contain such ingredients as milk, honey, lanolin (substance derived from sheep’s wool) or any animal derived ingredients. Vegetarian skin care lines may include lactic acid or honey, however any other animal based ingredients such as squalene, fish oil, gelatin, carmine (pigment from a beetle), collagen, vitamin A, and glycerin will not be included as these are all animal by products.

A lot of makeup companies that are vegan use synthetic materials for their brushes instead of animal hair. This works well for vegans and people allergic to animals that may not be able to tolerate natural fibers.

Some alternatives to animal based ingredients include vegetable glycerin, soy and plant proteins, or almond and olive oil. Vitamin A alternatives include vegetables such as carrots, wheat germ oil or a synthetic form of Vitamin A.

The brands listed below are vegan or vegetarian:

Vegan Products:

Nuxe: Contains no animal ingredients, synthetic coloring agents, no mineral oils, and is lab tested and under dermatological supervision.
Duwop: Is vegan, no animal testing, and uses many different antioxidants to improve the look of your skin to enhance makeup application
Sparitual: 100% vegan. We love this line for their fun colors, earth friendly packaging, and great smelling products.

Vegetarian Products:

Juara: 100% vegetarian, no animal testing, contains no artificial colorants, paraben-free, no sulfates or pthalates.
Arcona-vegan (except for honey used in only a few products). This is one of my new favorite product lines. The smell, texture, and efficacy of the products are untouchable!
Juice Beauty: Is vegetarian and uses a lot of organic ingredients.
Melvita: Is vegetarian and organic
Colorscience: vegetarian and offers a wide range of natural sunscreens.
bareMinerals: vegetarian
Jack Black: vegan except for beeswax and silk amino acids that are in some of their products. They are cruelty, color and fragrance free.
Anthony Logistics: They are vegan except for their lip balms which contain beeswax.

Some companies are either reformulating their products or coming out with products that are exclusively vegetarian to meet the needs of consumers. Vegetarian based products have proven not to be just a fad, but offer real results and are here to stay!


Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 20 [GIVEAWAY]

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Phytomer GiveawayThe all-new  Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream is a perfect solution for women on the go. The hyper-active formula is not only a skin corrector but provides color and SPF 20. A three in one cream, it naturally enhances skin because it’s moisturizing, pore-refining, radiance enhancing, unifying and protective all at the same time. A beautiful hybrid facial product that provides makeup, skin care and sun protection.

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Chocolate From Head to Toe

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Whoever said chocolate was just for eating? While we love to indulge in this decedent treat, it also can be found in our favorite skincare and beauty products.

1. David Kirsch Wellness Protein Plus – Chocolate: Lose weight the healthy and natural way with Protein Plus! Chocolate flavor.

2. FarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask: A chocolate mask that is a skin softener, wrinkle defender and skin revitalizer.

3. Pur Minerals Eye Pencil Chocolate Mica: This self-sharpening, mechanical eye pencil is formulated to provide long-lasting colors and maximum wearability.

4. NUXE Baume Prodigieux Nutri-Protecting Lip Gloss – Shimmering Chocolate: This gloss provides color, nourishment and SPF 15 to the lips.

5. Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash and Bubble Bath: Chocolate Milk time means good clean fun!

6. SpaRitual Nail Lacquer – Shimmer Shrewd: A chocolate brown shimmer with superior shine, dry time and coverage.


Pucker Up to Pink

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It’s that lovely time of year… Valentine’s Day. And that means pink & red everywhere!

It is said that the color Pink can affect us both mentally and physically. The color has been associated with feelings of passion, happiness, and friendliness. Physically, brighter pinks can stimulate energy and encourage confidence. Personally when I think of pink, I think of fun, flirty, happy, and strong willed girly girls. We see the color around the world… in nature, fashion, and in many beauty products. Instead of looking at flowers or wearing your favorite pink scarf, why don’t you explore your options and opt for a new daring pink lipstick! Maybe even use skin care products that incorporate the inspirational pink color in them. Here are some of our favorite pink products:

Peter Thomas Roth Lips to Die For Pink Bombshell Lip Balm: Protect and maintain your lips with this invigorating daily lip conditioner. Lips to Die for Pink Bombshell Lip Balm delivers a natural, rosy glow and leaves lips soft, supple, sexy and kissable.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Blush- Something About Berry: This  baked blush was developed with easy application and a no-fail color in mind,  taking the guesswork out of creating a sweet, romantic glow. Contains 3 individual shades baked together on one adorable palette. Choose a single color to brighten and highlight or blend all three colors together and apply.

SpaRitual Infinity Loving Kit: This set allows you to try an affectionate crème or a heartfelt shimmer, or you can use both to create your own nail looks. Brighten your smile and add maximum moisture to your lips with vegan, gluten-free mini lip gloss included. Kit includes: Idylic Nail Lacquer- Sheer Pink Crème, Infinitely Loving Nail Lacquer-Sheer Hot Pink Glitter and Infinitely Loving Lip Gloss- Sheer Pink, mini size.

Colorescience Pro SPF 35 Sunforgettable Lip Shine Pink: Give your lips a hint of perfectly pink shimmer and shield from the environment with Lip Shine Gloss Colore SPF 35 by Colorescience Pro. This chemical and dye free formula provides instant UVA and UVB sun protection and long lasting moisture.

So when you are ready to make your next beauty move, remember to think PINK! What are your favorite pink products?!



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