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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!


Is the SPF in your Makeup enough?

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As an esthetician we are constantly asking our clients if they are using an SPF. Proper sun protection is so important in skin care and it is the number 1 most important anti-aging product in your regimen. All too often I have women tell me that they have SPF in their makeup and therefore they believe that they do not need to apply a sunscreen. This is absolutely NOT true. While it is a great added bonus that your makeup contains SPF, it is not a substitution for applying a sunscreen. The truth is most people do not apply the layers of coverage they need from their makeup to get proper sun protection. Also, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours when outdoors. Your face would be piled with makeup at the end of the day. An SPF 30 or higher should be part of your daily morning skin care regimen. You are welcome to apply your makeup over that for added benefit. Skinstore has a wide selection of sunscreens to offer for all skin types. One of our favorites is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50.

You can find this and other SPF products on SkinStore.com.


bareMinerals READY Bronzer – The Skinny Dip

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Are you looking for the pbareMinerals Ready Bronzer-The Skinny Diperfect item to spice up your face for the warmer months? With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start to get glowing skin. Sometimes, self-tanners can be a bit of a messy task, for the girls that need a quick fix bronzer does the trick. bareMinerals READY™ Bronzer- Skinny Dip, buffs on rich golden bronze color for a beautifully even, buildable glow. You can apply this to your face to give it a warm glow, as well as on your body. You can also, use this item to contour to give your face a better sleek bronzed look.

You can find the product mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Illuminare Mineral Foundation

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There is this little known mineral makeup brand that is truly unique. The Illuminare Mineral Foundation line sets themselves apart Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundationfrom all the others. We offer all three liquid foundation finishes on our site in: moisturizing, mattifying and concealing finish. The Moisturizing Mineral Foundation has a light to medium coverage that is luminous and it allows your natural glow to show through. The Mattifying Mineral Foundation is great for oily skin types. This foundation is oil-absorbing and will not rub or sweat off with a medium coverage. And the Concealing Mineral Foundation is a full coverage foundation that may also be used as a concealer. It is oil-free and has a semi-matte finish. All three finishes contain a natural non-chemical SPF and are free of all oils, fragrance, artificial dyes and gluten. The truly amazing part of this makeup line is how wonderful your skin looks. It gives such a natural no-makeup look to your skin while providing coverage. This stuff is amazing, Enjoy!


bareMinerals: The Full Reveal

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bareMinerals Nude Beach- The Full RevealAre you on the hunt for great neutral shades? Do you prefer makeup that has healthy benefits for the skin and looks great on the face? Now, what if you can have it all at a great price? BareMinerals Nude Beach – The Full Reveal Kit is the perfect choice. Experience a full wardrobe of neutral shades with a touch of shimmer for the face, all inspired by the alluring Nude Beach Eye color. Now there’s more to love with monochromatic and complementary shades for softly buffed neutral lids, ethereally lit cheeks and luscious mauve lips—all packed in a chic cosmetic bag. This romantic kit is for every skin type.

The kit includes the following:

– Nude Beach Eyecolor (Light warm sand), .02oz Silky, light-as-air 100% pure bareMinerals provides seamless blendability, giving you the gentlest, purest eye color.

-In the Nude Eyecolor (subtle bronze smolder), .02oz Silky, light-as-air 100% pure bareMinerals provides seamless blendability, giving you the gentlest, purest eye color.

Lasting Line™ Long-Wearing Eyeliner in Lasting Brown, .012oz This twist-up pencil glides on a precise line for maximum color intensity.

-bareMinerals READY® Luminizer The Awakening (soft ethereal light), .3oz Enhances your complexion with a radiant, lit-from-within glow.

-Marvelous Moxie® Lipstick in Break Away (luscious mauve), .05oz Creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented color glides on like butter.

-Shimmer Glaze™ Lip Topcoat in Diamond Glaze, .07oz This sheer lip topcoat instantly transforms existing lip color.

Here is the best part! The kit is a $95.00 USD value, but for a limited time it’s $49.00 USD! Each product comes out to approximately $8.17 USD each. That’s a huge savings compared to their actual retail cost. With spring and summer at our door step, this kit will go a long way. It’s an easy transition from day to night, has complimentary colors for every skin type and is exclusively found here at SkinStore.



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