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Glow into the Holidays

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Who says after the season’s change, that you can’t glisten as golden as the sun? We might lose a bit of light at the end of each day but we can remain bright and gain the appearance of warmth. Allow me to introduce a little helper into your beauty regimen called Hampton Sun.

Not only does the line specialize in all of your SPF protection needs, they also offer different specialty products to heat up your life during the last few months of the year! Treat yourself to a self-tanner, facial treatment lotion, body lotion, fragrance, and even a body shimmer spritz.  The self-tanner is a gel formulation with no scent and easy streak free application. Who doesn’t love to add a bit of color to their days? The SPF 15 Hydrating Face Cream is a daily moisturizer with SPF protection and great anti-aging benefits. The body lotion is very glamorous and offers a quick absorbing application for a great feel. My personal favorites include the Privet Bloom Eau de Parfum and the Serious Shimmer Cooling Sprays in bronze or pearl! The fragrance is very unique and has a calm, clean scent your nose will fall in love with. The Shimmer Cooling Sprays apply very fine with just a hint of shimmer, leaving you feeling sensual and ready for what your day brings to the plate. I suggest you take a look at any of their products if you need a little pep or just some personal pampering!


Top 5 Holiday Gifts under $50

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Tis the season for gift giving and this year we have something for everyone on your list! Holiday gift giving is made easy from beauty to relaxation with our wide variety of gifts. These holiday gifts offer luxury with a touch of holiday spirit and are budget friendly too!

1. NEST FraNEST Fragrances Scented Candlegrance Scented Candle- Birchwood Pine: The aroma of a majestic winter forest is created by blending White Pine, Fir  Balsam and Birchwood over a base of rich Musk and Amber.

Formulated with a proprietary soy blend wax formulation, all NEST candles burn evenly and infuse a room with fragrance. The custom glass was designed to complement the beauty of your home with a classic shape and modern stripe etching on crystal clear glass. This candle will burn approximately 50 hours.

2. Juara Romancing the Candlenut Set: This irresistible skin-softening 4-piece ritual will maJuara Romancing the Candlenut Setke you feel like you have taken a trip to Bali.  Pamper your skin with velvety Candlenut oil while your senses are enveloped in an unforgettable scent of delicate freesia, white blooming jasmine, sparkling bergamot and gentle rose with just a hint of fresh coconut.

3. Philosophy The Cookie Exchange: share the happiest of holidays with the cookie exchange. philosophy’s version of this festivePhilosophy The Cookie Exchange tradition features christmas cookie shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, sweet creamy frosting body lotion, and sugar sprinkles high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine. the 3-in-1, moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair, while indulging your senses as you lather from head to toe. the luxurious body lotion formula contains natural oils and shea butter to condition and help stabilize the moisture level of dry skin, while antioxidants help soothe and protect skin against environmental attack. soothe and soften lips with the sweet sugar sprinkles formula, while providing sheer color and high-gloss shine. it’s the perfect gift to sweeten up someone’s holiday.

4. For the man in your life, ZIRH Shave Basics Kit: For optimal shaving results while preventing ingrown hairs, razor burn nicks and ZIRH Shave Basics Kit cuts, the ZIRH Shave Basics Kit includes Prepare, Shave Gel and Soothe.

Kit Includes:

  • Prepare, 1oz A light botanical shave oil that is designed to lubricate the beard area and improve glide while shaving.
  • Shave Gel, 3.3oz This non-foaming Aloe Vera based shave gel makes it easier to maintain sideburns and other facial hair, and avoid any irritated areas.
  • Soothe, 3.3oz Soothe calms redness, razor burn or any shaving irritation. It can also serve as a dual purpose light moisturizer.

5. Too Faced All I Want for Christmas: This full face collection features the best of Too Faced’s eyes, face and lips and is housed in a party-ready chevron cosmetic bag designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald.Too Faced All I want for Christmas

Set Contains:

  • La Crème Lip Cream in Believe, .11oz
  • Shadow Insurance, .35oz Extend the life of your eye shadow with this lid primer.
  • Perfect Eyes Eye Liner in Perfect Black, .03oz A good-for-you formulated, waterproof, highly pigmented eyeliner.
  • Lash Injection Mascara, .25oz This mascara adds volume, beautiful separation and waterproof color to lifeless dull lashes.
  • Exclusive Blush/Eye Shadow Trio Compact

With all these wonderful choices it’s hard to pick just one; maybe you can get all five and share with a friend or two. We have you covered this year to find that perfect gift!

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Bold Brows for the Holidays

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The secret to any holiday look lies in the details.  Go beyond the basics to create bold, sophisticated brows with an extra pop of Bold Browsbrightness for all of your seasonal events. Every girl knows that a pencil is the fastest, easiest way to create perfectly defined brows daily. But, when putting together the perfect holiday look, making sure your brows are as perfect as your outfit. Here are some quick tips to glam up your normal brow routine.

Bold is Beautiful. Try layering Brow Powder Duo with your favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills Pencil to create a sophisticated, dramatic look that leaves a natural finish.  Anastasia loves to outline the brows with Brow Wiz, and fill in the rest of the Brows with Brow Powder Duo.

Lighten Up. Set your brows with Tinted Brow Gel to add lightness and dimension to your brows.  Adding a shade that is one shade lighter than your brows will bring subtle sheen and focus to the eye area while setting the rest of your brow color in place.

Highlight, highlight, highlight!  The holidays are all about fun and sparkle. Use Brow Duality’s matte and shimmer side to easily highlight your brow bones and entire face.  Simply add a little of the matte side from Brow Duality to the brow bone and blend for an instantly bright and lifted look.  Add the shimmer side to the corners of the eyes and your highlighted look is complete.

Remember, the most important part of creating holiday brows is to make it special.  Do something bolder and more glam than your everyday brow routine.  This is where you get to have a little fun and play up your features with color, glitter, and shimmer. Happy Holidays!

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!


Melasma

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Melasma, otherwise known as pregnancy mask, is one of the most common forms of hyperpigmentation. Women who are pregnant,Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub nursing or even using hormonal therapy run a risk of developing this issue. While this “mask” occurs due to a hormonal imbalance, sun exposure may worsen the condition. Women who have already suffered from sun damage may experience more severe pigmentation. The pigmentation generally affects the forehead, lips, chin and cheeks giving it the name “mask”. It is estimated that about 70% of all pregnant women have some form of melasma during pregnancy. (It also can occur in men, but very rarely).

Most people affected by melasma are advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunscreen throughout the day. Exfoliating the skin can be beneficial to removing the darkened skin cells, we recommend the Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub which is specially formulated to be gentle enough for pregnant woman. Belli offers a wide range of products for women who are pregnant, nursing or plan on becoming pregnant.

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!


Stocking Stuffers $35 & Under

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Stumped on what to fill your loved ones stocking with this holiday season? We have some great ideas that will keep your family, friends and wallet happy!

Philosophy Hands of Hope Ornament $10.00 1oz- hand and cuticle cream in purse-size.Philosophy Hands of Hope Ornament

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Ornament $15.00 .5oz- original formula moisturizer for all skin types.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ornament $10.00 3oz- one-step facial cleanser in a trial-size.

Philosophy Peppermint Stick Lip Shine Ornament $10.00 .4oz- Soothes, softens, adds color and shine.

Bliss Mistletoe Must-HavesBliss Mistletoe Must-Haves $12.00-  This duo pack features a .12oz Fabulips Softening Lip Balm and a 1oz High Intensity Hand Cream to have you mistletoe-ready!

Too Faced Glamour To Go $22.00- A vintage inspired palette filled with 8 eye shadows, 1 blush, 1 bronzer, and a lip gloss.

Jack Black The Works $32.00- For the man in your life, this best-of-skin set combines a 3oz Face Buff Energizing Scrub, 3oz Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser, 3oz Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, and a .25oz Intense Therapy Lip Balm Spf 25 he’ll be sure to love.

Ahava Bright and Merry Ornament Gold $10.00- this set features 2 of Ahava’s signature products for soft smooth skin.  This ornament contains a .68oz Mineral Hand Cream and a .5oz Essential Day Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin.

Rodial Glam Balm Lip Tree Decoration $16.00 .35oz- Stemcell Super Food Glam Balm Lip is a rose flavored plumping lip balmRodial Glam Balm Lip Tree Decoration with stem cell technology that instantly hydrates and smoothes lips.

NEST Fragrances Scented Candle – Birchwood Pine $34.00 8.1oz approximately 50 hour burn time- A majestic winter forest is created by blending White Pine, Fir Balsam and Birchwood.

Beautyblender $19.95- A makeup applicator that gives a professional finish and a flawless complexion.

Hope these ideas were helpful! Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays from all of us at SkinStore.com!


Slim Down for the Holidays

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Are you trying to lose weight and get into shape? Or have you lost a lot of weight and need a little assistance with losing your last few pounds? Have you plateaued in your weight loss journey and need a jump start? Well Thalgo Slim LC Capsules is the product for you and just in time to slim down for all of those upcoming holiday parties!

Slim LC Capsules is the perfect supplement to the Thalgomince LC24 treatment and range of products to ensure optimum weight loss results. Rich in active slimming agents derived from algae and plants whose slimming properties have been scientifically recognized and validated.

Benefits:

  • Reduces stored fat with Green Tea, Green Coffee, Guarana and Chromium.
  • Figure enhancement by reduction in volume of fatty tissues.
  • Limits the absorption of fat and sugars.
  • Control of weight gain and figure by limiting fat storage in the adipose tissue.

You can find the product mentioned above on SkinStore.com!

 


Holiday Skincare Gift Sets

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It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us. Here are a few gift suggestions for skincare fanatics, beauty gurus and professionals alike.

1) L’Occitane Hand Creams of Provence ($42 USD; a $60 USD value) These 1 oz tubes of hand cream are perfect for the chilly weather head and fit perfectly in a purse, handbag, desk drawer or backback for easy access to luscious shea butter moisture and amazing scents like Rose, Almond and Lavender.

2) The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit ($60 USD; an $88 USD value) Do you have any men in your life looking for the perfect shave? Any lady friends tired of alcohol based shaving products? Art of Shaving offers a great kit for pre and post shaving care in four wonderful scents great for both sexes.

3) Rodial Dragon’s Blood Kit ($124 USD; a $190 USD value) Social and print media have been abuzz with the latest trend that sounds scarier than is. Dragon’s Blood is actually a plant extract that can be dated back to the Roman era. Once used as a dye, it is now being regarded as one of the best skincare ingredients healing agents.

4) Juice Beauty Organic To Go ($29.00 USD) If you have anyone on your list with sensitive skin or prefers organic products, this is set is a must have! Juice Beauty Organics offers everything you will need for a healthy, radiant glow. This set includes a cleanser, serum, peel, moisturizer and hydrating mist; perfect for a weekend getaway or a chance to try some new products.

5) butter LONDON Double Take- Fire Lacquer and Overcoat ($24 USD; a $30 value) A great holiday manicure is a necessity for any holiday party or office get together. Make sure to be looking your best with these classic deep red and sparkly winter white overcoat that is sure to last until the New Year!

You can find these great products on SkinStore.com!


Take the Mist-ery Out of Toners

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When skin care regimens first became popular, there was much to learn about proper skincare. Most beauty products varied from superficial to far too potent. With that poor philosophy came a misconception about toners; most were assumed to be fit only for oily skin types. Not to be mistaken for astringents, toners are excellent for obtaining a balanced pH, adequate hydration and a clear complex. Toners are not meant to strip the skin of its natural oils nor is it meant to sit on the surface of the skin. Although toners can be interrupted in many ways, toners in western skincare should be a light combination of essential oils that help penetrate the skin to lock in the healing benefits.

Here are a few of the SkinStore staffs favorite mists:

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35 USD) A unique blend of all natural floral water from the Bitter Orange Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli WaterBlossom calms, moisturizes and freshens the skin. Excellent for the face and can even be used as a fragrance spray for body.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($34 USD) This paraben-free, natural spray softens the skin while providing the powerful antioxidant power of rose petals.  This product can be used by all skin types.

Jane Iredale Antioxidant Hydration Spray ($27 USD) The great smelling Green Tea extract mist not only balances skin, controls oil production and nourishes the skin but can even be used in the hair to control static or set any foundation.

Neova Balancing Toner ($32 USD) New to the market, this lightweight toner absorbs excess oils and gentle exfoliates the skin without irritation. We recommend this for oilier or combination skin types who are looking to reduce pore size and improve skin texture.  

You can find the products mentioned above on SkinStore.com!


BIOBLISS Taking Beauty Deeper [GIVEAWAY]

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Did you know that over 96% of the ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams just sit on the surface of the skin and evaporate or get washed away?  If key anti-aging ingredients can’t go where your skin needs them most, how can they provide the wrinkle reducing results you are looking for?

BIOBLISS has years of experience in the field of transdermal drug delivery. BIOBLISS scientists developed patches that can transport essential ingredients into the skin conveniently, painlessly and effectively.

BIOBLISSBIOBLISS has taken skin care to a whole new level with patented micro-current patch technology.  BIOBLISS uses the same ingredients found in leading anti-wrinkle serums and delivers them in an optimal way.  Optimal Delivery for Optimal Results!  We call it “Taking Beauty Deeper”.

Each BIOBLISS patch contains a tiny battery and comes pre-loaded with a rich blend of natural wrinkle-fighting ingredients.  The micro-current from the battery starts flowing as soon as it is applied, gently pushing more anti-wrinkle ingredients to the skin than possible with a cream or serum.  It’s like a professional spa facial treatment packed into the convenience of a patch!

In a 2013 Clinical Study, after a single 30 minute Anti-Wrinkle Patch Treatment, 89% saw immediate results.   After 4 Weeks, 100% saw continued improvement in fine lines and wrinkles and 85% saw improvement in skin tone and texture.

“I was impressed with the difference between my before and my after photo from the end of the (4 week) study.  I was really happy to see such a change.”  Lynn M., Clinical Study Participant

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid - Optimizes Skin Moisture Retention
Okra Plant Extract- Toxin-Free Fine Line Relaxer for Smoothing Effect
Persian Silk Tree Extract- Revitalizes Skin Fatigue
Madagascan Herbal Extract- Promotes Healthier Skin Collagen
Advanced Matrixyl Peptide- Supports Skins Own Natural Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid
Argireline- Peptide Line Relaxer for Smoothing Botox Effect
Vitamin C- Powerful Anti-oxidant with Skin Brightening Effect

 

Click HERE for your chance to enter the giveaway!


Simple Regimen Swaps for Balanced Skin

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You’ve already put away your sundresses and sandals to make space for sweaters and boots.  Not ready to transition to heavier moisturizing creams and treatments just yet?  The good news is, you can achieve perfectly balanced skin of the dewy, not oily variety, without dramatically changing your current skin care regimen.  By paying attention to ingredients that multi-task to hydrate, protect and preserve your youthful beauty, you may be able to get away with just a product swap or two.

What is the first product that comes into contact with your freshly cleansed face?  That product should be a high quality anti-aging serum of a hydrating variety.  Although the main reason you use a serum is for anti-aging results, why not choose a multi-benefit formula that also imparts hydration.  The best serums contain peptides – chains of amino acids that support the collagen structure to nourish and combat wrinkles – and high quality moisturizing actives like Hyaluronic Acid.  Acetyl Octapeptide-3 is worth scanning labels for, it is a peptide that mimics expression-line minimizing injections, relaxing repetitive facial contractions and visibly reducing wrinkle depth by as much as 63% in a 28 day clinical study.  Hyaluronic Acid is the key moisturizing active to look for as it replenishes the skin’s barrier by attracting up to 1000 times its weight in water and as an added bonus, fills in fine lines by plumping up skin.  These ingredients can be found along with five other anti-aging peptides and the skin-firming antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid, in HydroPeptide’s Cellular Transformation Serum.

Now that you know what to look for in a serum, the next step is the right moisturizer. The serum should be applied first since it has smaller molecules that penetrate deeply to deliver hydration and the moisturizing cream that follows forms a protective HydroPeptide Anti Wrinkle Cellular Transformation Growth Serumbarrier, locking in much needed moisture.  During this time of year when heavy creams may still be too rich for your skin’s hydration needs, opt for a smart moisturizer.  Smart moisturizers are designed to adequately quench your complexion and the one you used in the warmer seasons may still be just right when applied after a very hydrating serum like HydroPeptide’s.  To eliminate the need for an additional anti-wrinkle cream, look for a smart moisturizer that also delivers anti-aging benefits – again, peptides are the key ingredient.  The collagen-boosting properties of peptides do more than visibly fill in wrinkles – healthier collagen results in more effective moisture retention.  Anti-aging smart moisturizers with built-in antioxidant treatments are not only time-savers, they help preserve the youthful look and behavior of your skin.  Insist on a formula that contains only the most powerful antioxidants – in particular Copper PCA, Green tea and Vitamin C – these help maintain a youthfulness by increasing the skin’s copper levels to help fight inflammation, improving elasticity and boosting collagen.  HydroPeptide’s Face: Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment is an example of a smart moisturizer with anti-aging peptide technology and a built-in antioxidant treatment featuring the aforementioned antioxidants plus sesame, shea and cocoa – free radical diffusers that do double duty as moisturizing actives.

During the colder part of the Fall season, your regimen may just require two simple upgrades: a hydrating and age-defying serum and a lightweight lotion that satisfies your complexion’s exact moisture needs until it’s time to bring out heavier creams for winter.  By using the right serum as a moisture booster underneath a smart moisturizer for Fall – both day and night – you’ll achieve optimal hydration and avoid looking “shiny” at the end of the day and in pictures.  Now that you know what to look for in products that work the smartest and hardest, why wait until the New Year to be noticed for your beautiful and balanced skin?!

You can find these great products and others on SkinStore.com!



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