Stay out a bit too late last night? Can’t be late for an 7 AM meeting? Move away from the coffee pot (coffee=dehydration) and read on. Use my skincare tips to look as if you’ve had eight hours of beauty sleep last night, instead of those margaritas!
When you can manage, crawl out of bed and into the shower – a blast of cold water will open your tired eyes. In the shower, lather up with an energizing body wash. I absolutely love Kneipp Rosemary Awakening Vitality Body Wash. This body wash has Rosemary essential oils, has an invigorating effect on the body. It also helps to improve circulation, awakening and energizing the skin.
If your face is looking a bit dull and puffy? Refresh your skin with an invigorating facial scrub. Exfoliating will shed dull skin cells and promote circulation, which drains excess fluids in your skin. Use a facial scrub with rounded polishing beads for gentle stimulation. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads is a great choice, it contains glycolic and salicylic acids to get deep into your pores to rid of dead skin cells and zap dirt related break-outs (I bet you forgot to wash your face last night!).
When you’ve finished your shower you’ll feel much better! Now, get the red out with redness relieving eye drops and apply a cool wash cloth or cotton pads over your eyes for a few minutes. Rest for a moment, but don’t fall asleep! The chill of a cold compress will shrink the capillaries and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Finish your eye treatment with a cooling eye gel. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel instantly cooling gel refreshes and hydrates puffy tired eyes with Rose Water, Arnica and Dragons Blood. Instantly brighter, the delicate eye area is restructured to thicken translucent skin and plump wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid comforts dehydrated skin and refines the skin’s surface for wide awake eyes.
Now get out there and conquer your day!
You can find all of the products mentioned in this blog at SkinStore.com.
What defines your face more than your eyebrows?! Eyebrows not only frame our eyes they also display emotion on our face. The length, color and width all play a huge role in definition of your face.
If you’re in need of a little brow guidance there are products to help! Stencils are a great tool that help give shape to very thin or sparse eyebrows. It’s easiest to line the eyebrows first and then fill in with the product of your choice. If you have thick brows, then you may be able to just fill in any areas needed without lining the brow shape. I recommend looking at the Anastasia product line for different brow tools depending on your specific needs. If you are going to use a brow pen or pencil you will want to use it in light handed, short wispy motions. If you are using a gel, mousse, or powder you can use it more liberally as it applies lighter, but still in the same short wispy motions. The following video using Anastasia products will better display how to bring those eyebrows to life! Enjoy! Click here to view.
Bold, perfectly defined brows are simple and easy if you have the right tools. Even when you don’t have time to put any other makeup on, perfectly defined brows will pull any look together in an instant.
Here’s how to achieve bold brows in five minutes (or less) and transform the look of your entire face, complete with some tips from brow expert, Anastasia Soare.
Use Brow Wiz to gently outline your ideal brow shape. Then, fill in your brow with tiny, hair like strokes with its ultra-slim mechanical tip. Blend with the attached spooley brush for a natural finish.
“Make sure to create clean lines on the top and bottom of the brows when outlining your ideal brow shape with Brow Wiz. This is my favorite pencil because you can create a perfectly precise brow that still looks natural once you blend.”
Use Brow Duality to highlight the brow bone and corners of the eyes. Anastasia’s favorite trick to use on celebrities is to apply the shimmer side of Brow Duality to the brow bone from the middle of the brow to the end of the tail and blend. Then, she applies the matte side of the Brow Duality over the same spot and blends for a soft, luminous look that gives the eye an instant lift.
Finish up by using the shimmer side on the corners of the eyes for a gorgeous finish.
Set your brows and brow color in place all day with Clear Brow Gel in short upward strokes. It will set and condition your bold brows all day without flaking.
Have you ever wanted full, voluptuous lips without the having to pay the high cost for fillers? Well look no further! Too Faced Lip Injection increases the volume of the lips up to 20% within minutes and lasts up to 4 hours. It contains a natural Vitamin B derivative that increases circulation within the lip creating a very noticeable lip-plumping action. Simply apply a thin layer to clean lips, let it sit for 5 minutes and voila! You will know the product is working with results you can see and feel. When the product is first applied you may experience a tingling sensation that goes away after a few minutes.
If you are in the market for a lip plumper that offers immediate and long term results, you’ll love the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. This formula hydrates, nourishes and uses their unique “20-40-60 Boost” technology. Your lips can appear to have a volume increase up to 20%, 40% fuller and lip moisture can increase up to 60%. With just 1 application you will get results that amaze!
Do you love makeup, but can’t find the right one? Do they break out your skin or irritate it? Are you tired of your makeup appearing powdery or dull on your skin?
Well I have got exciting news for you! Recently we had product training with Pur Minerals and my sensitive, reactive skin put their products to the test! To my surprise, after continuously wearing the product for a couple weeks, I’m in love! I have finally found a foundation that helped clear my skin and looked natural. Here are my top reasons why you’ll love it too!
Pur Minerals is vegan friendly and on their way to being organic approved. The complexion, skincare, & lip products are Gluten free. They use a formulation of DermaWhite & Ceratin complex containing purified, nonirritating retinol and moisturizing Ceramides. That means that while you use this daily you can help correct or prevent skin concerns, plump or firm the skin, and help smooth fine lines or wrinkles all while balancing your skin tone. The foundation won’t dry your skin, is oil free, and uses a talc-free formulation. While you can boost the healthy results with use of their skincare, it will also work in conjunction with any other skincare you’re already using.
Seems like the perfect skin care plan right! I won’t bore you with in depth formulation talk, but Pur Minerals products don’t get the recognition they deserve! If you feel like you’re in a makeup rut or even looking to try something new, give them a try. I give them a 10 star rating and a high five! *wink
Ladies … its summer time so put away all of those winter make up trends. Yes, we all loved our dark red oxblood lips and our heavy contour, but now it’s time to have some fun. This summer is all about “the natural glowing bronzy skin”, the florescent lipsticks, and the pastels.
Before we go any further I want you to change your thinking, we hear women say all the time “Oh! I can’t wear bright lipsticks with my skin tone” or “Lipstick makes my teeth look yellow.” Ladies I assure you everyone can rock a colored lip, the key is to finding the color that suits you the best! Don’t be afraid to try on many colors until you find the one that you fall in love with. Pastels and fluorescents are so on trend right now! Step outside of your comfort zone and pick up the pinks, oranges, and the purples!
Swap out your typical foundation routine for a bronzer and a colorful blush. I want your skin glowing ladies, you’ll be surprised how much younger you’ll look and feel! Summer is a time to be free and have fun, so why not look good while doing it? Next time you’re shopping pick up these summer necessities that will add a pop of color to your life! You’ll thank me later.
Looking for a new foundation? Your search ends here! Brand new to SkinStore is IT Cosmetics. Their Celebration Foundation is packed full of anti-aging ingredients like Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides, grape seed oil and drops of light technology. The result is an absolutely flawless complexion with a soft focus, glow from within look. The Celebration Foundation Collection also includes the exclusive Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush for perfect application.
“We worked with plastic surgeons to develop an anti-aging powder foundation, that doesn’t crease, doesn’t crack and doesn’t make you look older and completely covers anything and everything! It’s packed with anti-aging ingredients and gives a true airbrushed look that works on all ages! I could never find a powder that looks flawless on even the most mature skin, and Celebration Foundation does!” Jamie Kern Lima, Creator IT Cosmetics
Other customer faves from IT cosmetics include:
Vitality Face Disc a luxe high performance anti-aging matte bronzer, luminating powder, and vitality blush that are all about the naturally pretty look of vitality and radiance.
Brow Power a universal brow pencil that works on ALL hair colors. Patent pending complex restores hair follicle health. Exclusive oval tip for the most natural looking brows
Bye Bye Pores a HD silk micro finishing anti-aging powder is infused with Collagen, Vitamin K and pure silk for a perfect, poreless, airbrushed finish.
Bye Bye Under Eye a full coverage, waterproof, yet moisturizing, concealer with anti-aging ingredients to combat dark circles while it conceals. 70% of skin stones are neutral medium.
I know you probably have a million things in your makeup case. But do you have an eyeshadow primer? If the answer is no, then we strongly suggest that you get one! Why? Because if you have 600 different shadows and pigments in your makeup collection but don’t have a primer then chances are those eyeshadows are not living their ‘lives’ to the fullest.
An eyeshadow primer will set your eyeshadow and allow for pigments to become much more saturated and visible on the lid, therefore you’ll need less shadow, therefore… you’ll spend less time and less effort packing on the color! And what’s more; an eyeshadow primer will prevent creasing and fading through the day AND it’ll help to conceal any initial redness or veins on your lids- so you can skip the concealer!
Our favorite (and best selling- seriously sells like hot cakes) is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Check out this video for more info on our choice:
If you are a fan of Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals but just wished it had more coverage, your wish has been granted! This Beauty Balm has all the benefits of Jane’s 12 times micronized, or ground down, pure minerals in a liquid with medium to full coverage.
Foundation that acts like a treatment. It gently exfoliates, diminishes wrinkles, won’t clog pores, and soothes skin, all while moisturizing. And it’s great for all skin types.
You’ll love the glow you get using this foundation. Start your layering right with