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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.


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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Infuse Your Skin With Warmth

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Are you looking for a face product that will give you a sun kissed golden glow? Well Bare Minerals warmth All Over face powder is bareMinerals Warmth All Over Face Colorthe perfect item. This light weight powder is non-comedogenic and can be used in your foundation as a boost or worn by itself for a sheer wash of a golden complexion. Warmth All-Over Face Color is an all-year-round complexion booster that infuses radiant light into your skin so it looks like it’s coming from within. It’s versatile, universal, adjustable, and is 100% pure crushed minerals from the earth. It glides onto the skin like silk, leaving you with a natural, velvety warm finish; because of this using a primer before is optional. So if you’re looking to boost your tan, create a golden glow, or get a light wash of color bareMinerals Warmth All Over Face Color is the item for you year-round.


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It’s a Crime Not to Prime!

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If you’re looking for a way to get your foundation to go on smoother, last longer and look air brushed then you must use a primer! Too Faced Primed and PorelessPrimers are so important to use before your makeup application because they create a barrier between your skin and the foundation. Primer creates an even and smooth base on the skin going into the crevasses and fine lines to create an even flat surface. Too Faced Primed and Poreless not only creates the perfect base, but it also makes pores look nonexistent. This one-of a-kind makeup primer was scientifically formulated to wear under bronzers and foundation powders or alone to achieve the look of flawless skin without makeup! Vitamins A & C, mulberry extract and a powerful dose of Retinol, virtually banish pores; while tired skin is left hydrated, firmer, and detoxified. Primed & Poreless creates the perfect canvas to allow powders, bronzers and foundations to airbrush onto the skin seamlessly and perfectly blended. This is an all-in-one primer and is suitable for all skin types. If you are looking for the perfect primer, look no further!

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Top 15 Concealer Tips

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The best concealers diffuse discoloration, lighten shadowed areas, disguise blemishes, and work in conjunction with foundations to achieve a more even skin tone and hide flaws. However, a poor choice in concealers can make things look worse! They draw attention to problem areas, accentuate fine lines and wrinkles, look cakey, settle into creases, and even disappear as the day comes to an end.

Top 15 Tips and Tricks:

1. Concealers should not, generally, be applied over powder foundation. Doing so tends to cause streaking and the powder may roll or peel. When using powder foundation, apply concealer first.

2. Choose a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone to neutralize dark areas without attracting attention by making it look too light.

3. Use liquid concealer; if you have normal, combination, oily, sensitive or blemish-prone skin.

4. Use stick concealer; if you have normal, dry or sensitive skin

5. Use cream concealer; if you have normal, dry, combination or sensitive skin

6. Use cream to powder; if you have normal, slightly dry, combination or sensitive skin

7. Apply concealer under the eye: draw a triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward your cheek instead of straight across the bottom of the eye. This technique covers more, blends better, and last longer.

8. When choosing a color-correcting concealer remember:

Lavender: counteracts sallow or yellowness in the skin

Yellow: counteracts deep purple tones such as dark circles or scarring; pale yellow works well to highlight brows and cheekbones but it must be pale yellow, not gold

Green: neutralizes redness, including diffusing redness from rosacea. Great for covering up acne!

Pink: Neutralizes a blue cast on lighter skin tones

Orange/Salmon: neutralizes blue to deep purple or grayish tones on deeper skin tones

9. To prevent your eye shadow from falling off your lid and settling in the creases, prime your eyelids first with a dab of concealer.

10. Hide puffy eyes with a bit of eye cream, highlighter, and concealer. Mix them together and apply.

11. After applying concealer, blot the area with a thin tissue to prevent the product from settling into creases around your eyes.

12. Make your lipstick pop and prevent the color from bleeding by lining the outside of your lips with a fine-tip brush and a bit of concealer.

13. Make your brows pop by lining them above and below with a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone.

14. Create a tinted moisturizer by mixing your daily face lotion with a bit of your go-to concealer.

15.  For a smooth application with stick concealer, apply some on the back of your hand and gently rub in a circular motion to warm up the product. This will give you a nice smooth application.

Some of our staff favorite concealers are Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer and Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer. You can find both of them on

Choosing the Right Foundation for You

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There are so many cosmetic choices out there it is hard to know which one is best for your skin type and concerns. Makeup has gotten a little overwhelming over the years, there are terms like BB cream and CC cream, powder and liquid foundation, setting powders and sprays, sponge applicators and brushes. It’s too much to take in. So here is some information to help determine what are the best products and tools for your flawless look.

A good place to start is to determine your skin type. If you have combination or oily skin a powder foundation is a nice fit for you. These are best applied with a powder brush. When selecting your powder brush a rounded brush will provide lighter coverage than a flat brush head. In most cases drier skin types do better with a liquid foundation. If you are a person with dry skin, but loves the convenience and how portable powder foundation is you should invest in a setting spray to keep the powder from just falling off your face. One of our best-selling setting sprays is Jane Iredale’s POMMIST hydration spray. It gives your skin added antioxidant protection and boosts hydration in the skin.

Once you determine the type of foundation to buy the next step is determining your skin care concerns. Cosmetics are much more than just makeup now days. There are anti-aging ingredients, anti-oxidants and SPF added to a lot of the products. If you are planning on your makeup pulling double duty as an SPF there are plenty of BB creams (which stands for Beauty Balm) and CC creams (which stands for color correcting) that have added SPF. Also mineral makeup has a natural SPF 15+ which is great. When choosing your makeup read the description of the product and what benefits that makeup provides. Reading reviews of the products is especially helpful in regards to how the product wears and the consistency. If a product is thicker you may always mix in your moisturizer or apply with a Beauty Blender applicator. A Beauty Blender gives you much more control on how much product is applied. The way you use a Beauty Blender is by soaking the sponge in water and squeezing out the excess water and then apply the makeup. If you are using a thicker makeup you can leave your Beauty Blender a bit more saturated with water so the sponge absorbs less makeup and give you a lighter coverage.

Hopefully this information will give you a step in the right direction for selecting the perfect makeup. Skinstore has plenty of makeup choices to choose from. We have full coverage camouflage options like Dermablend to lightly tinted sunscreens like Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. If you ever have any questions our beauty experts are happy to help!


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