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A different way to Exfoliate…

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NI010-exfoliating-serumDon’t like the irritation, flakiness or other side effects that some products, such as retinols, may cause? Looking for an alternate nightly exfoliation? Well look no further; this Rapid Exfoliating Serum by NIA24 is exactly that—nightly exfoliation without the dryness and irritation to the skin. This serum contains Pro-Niacin, a patented form of niacin, along with plant-based exfoliants such as Willow Bark and Prickly Pear.  It will help fortify your skin barrier, remove rough, dry patches, and brighten skin tone. The delivery system of this serum however, is what really makes the product wonderful. The Pro-Niacin technology allows niacin to deeply penetrate and work from the base of your skin up to the visible layer.

To get the best results from this serum, use one-to-two pumps and apply to your face and neck after NI003-skin-strength-complexcleansing your skin. It is recommended to use the Strengthening Complex, also by NIA24, however, using any repairing/replenishing moisturizing cream will be a great finishing product after applying this serum. If you’re looking for a more rapid exfoliation, using the serum twice daily for 14 days, and then once daily after that will leave you with a brighter, tighter complexion.  This serum will be perfect for you if you ‘e looking to reduce pigmentation irregularities, remove rough, dry patches that clog pores, brighten skin tone, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and improve skin texture.


Revive and Revamp!

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AR326-alterna-caviar-repair-rx-transformation-kitAre you tired of endlessly searching for different products in an effort to give your hair some extra oomph? Weary of product claims that fall short? Well look no further, your go-to regimen is here! Alterna Caviar Repair RX Transformation Kit is a naturally-formulated line (meaning no parabens, sulfates or phthalates) that will do exactly what is says—repair your hair! One of my favorite features about the Alterna hair care line is that all of their products are highly concentrated, meaning that you only have to use small amounts. Another nice feature about this kit is that you get a complete hair care regimen for about ¼ of the cost.

This kit includes trial size shampoo, conditioner, a treatment masque and a styling protein cream. It all comes in a cute, convenient travel bag.  The Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Shampoo is a thick luxurious shampoo which replenishes moisture, protects color and has strand-building proteins, which help to reconstruct the hair individually. The Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Conditioner, much like the shampoo, helps to protect hair color, restore and rebalance moisture and prevent future damage. Within just one week, you’ll notice your hair feeling softer and silkier and overall, HEALTHIER! The Caviar Repair RX Fill and Fix Treatment Masque is a wonderful weekly treatment to give your hair that extra oomph.  This hair masque has strong strand-building proteins which help to restructure, fill in any gaps and smooth the hair cuticle. Using it about once a week will give you the best results. The final product in the kit, Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream, is a thick, luscious styling cream that will help transform dry, brittle hair, making it manageable and silky-smooth. This product is best applied when hair is damp, before styling.


Get Your Body Summer-Ready!

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Many of us love using glycolic products on our faces, but haven’t used them for extra exfoliation on the body. The benefits are incredible when you switch to a glycolic body lotion as your moisturizer. Glycolic Acid exfoliates dead surface skin cells and debris. Using a glycolic acid all over the body will smooth out rough skin, and it’s great for people who struggle with Keratosis Pilaris symptoms. My favorite is the Glytone Body lotion. This lotion contains 17.5% glycolic acid. It is very rich in moisture and gives my skin a beautiful glow all year long.
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When your skin has a buildup of dead cells, it can lack luster, have an uneven tone, and not be quite as soft as you’d like. You may require more exfoliation than a standard shower scrub offers. A glycolic lotion is great for the dry spots such as elbows, knees and heels, plus will also help with the itchy red bumps on the back of the arms, known as Keratosis Pilaris, or KP. In the past I have always had little red bumps on my legs after shaving, but after using a glycolic lotion this problem has gone away! As a freckly girl I am always looking for products that will reduce the pigmentation and after using this product for a couple months, I was shocked to realize that my skin tone is much more even than it has ever been.

The benefits of using a glycolic acid are endless: Cleans the pores, helps with ingrown hairs, scarring, skin texture, skin tone, and much more. Spring and summer are right around the corner, which makes it the perfect time to get your body looking its best!


Fun and Useful Makeup Tips:

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As a makeup artist, I’ve come across some really fun, easy, and convenient makeup tips that may make BE791-bareminerals-get-started-complexion-kit-medium-beigelife just a bit easier for the busy woman. Enjoy!

1. Tired of clumpy mascara? Add 1-2 drops of Visine. Bye bye clumps. Make sure you replace your mascara every 60-90 days.
2. Wipe your mascara wand and then dip it back into the tube. It sounds weird but you will get the best lash separation when the mascara is applied. No more tarantula eyelashes!
3. Use scotch tape as an eyeliner stencil. Simply place the tape where you want to have your liner end and apply your liner. You’ll get a perfect application every time!
4. Tightlining your eyeliner will fill in any gaps and create contrast. This gives an illusion of fuller, longer lashes.
5. Wash and moisturize with an upward stroke to prevent tugging and pulling on your skin. Foundation and powder should be applied with downward strokes to avoid accentuating the peach fuzz and to get better coverage.
6. Mix your moisturizer with a bit of concealer. You can customize the coverage. It works similar to a BB Cream and saves money.
7. To mattify your lipstick and extend its life, hold a tissue over your lips and apply powder over the tissue. It works like magic!
8. To achieve a 3D effect on your lips, use a frosted blush or eye shadow at the center of your bottom and top lips for a sweet pop of color!
9. Wash your brushes regularly! This keeps bacteria from growing and breakouts at bay.
10. Use a highlighter before the foundation. It will give you a beautiful glow without being too dewy or too matte.


Hair In a Rut?

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Bring damaged, lifeless hair back to life with this soothing and repairing wonderful hair oil. This Neem and Coconut Hair Treatment oil was created to help prevent and repair damage to hair from heated styling tools and chemical processes. It also helps to strengthen and rejuvenate the hair follicles and shaft while reducing the protein loss in your hair. This product utilizes two main ingredients: Neem Oil and Coconut oil. Neem oil helps promote new hair growth by supporting a healthy scalp and hair follicle. Coconut oil is best known to provide a great environment for healthy, long hair and to prevent damage and hair loss. This treatment is ideal for sensitive scalps, as it soothes and reduces dryness or roughness by helping to reduce inflammation. Another great feature of this product is that it is 100% natural, meaning that it is free of any harsh or potentially damaging chemicals.

My Pro Tip: I use this hair oil on a weekly basis to keep dandruff and scalp irritation at bay. It also helps to strengthen and replenish my hair between regular color treatments and constant heat styling. To use this hair treatment, massage about a tablespoon of the product directly into your scalp. This step will neemtake about 2 minutes, as you want to make sure that you have applied the oil to your whole scalp, and a massage will help to stimulate your scalp and hair follicles. Allow the treatment to penetrate into your scalp for at least 30 min. Rinse out the product and follow this treatment with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Style as desired and enjoy your newly rejuvenated hair and scalp!


bareSkin by bareMinerals-So natural you barely feel it!

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Winter is here!  For many people, winter days can cause uncomfortable dryness to the skin.  It’s important to change your skin care routine as the weather changes.  Moisturize and hydrate to ensure your skin stays nourished and healthy through the winter months.

Try a foundation that is versatile all year round, keeps skin hydrated and natural-looking.  Get the look by trying bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 from bareMinerals.  With its remarkable benefits, this unique foundation keeps the skin moist when it’s feeling drier during winder days, leaving the skin looking beautiful and dewy. The formula feels ultra-light and velvety on the skin and is clinically proven to be a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.BE799-bareminerals-bareskin-pure-brightening-serum-foundation-bare-beige

bareSkin Serum Foundation contains Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C to leave your skin brighter and more even-toned.  It is easy to apply and provides amazing coverage for all skin types.  It doesn’t clog pores and feels like you aren’t wearing anything!  You can wear it alone for a dewy look or with the bareSkin Perfecting Veil for a matte finished look. An added bonus is the non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from UV rays and to prevent hyperpigmentation.  It is one step closer to a flawless complexion!

Use it with the Perfecting Face Brush which was designed to work with bareSkin – it gives you the ability to adjust coverage level for a perfectly seamless application.  Start with 1-2 drops of foundation directly into the brush head reservoir and keep adding more drops for more coverage.  For maximum coverage, bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is amazing to cover imperfections such as broken capillaries, blemishes, dark under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation. It’s a silky smooth concealer and serum in one with an ultra-light texture.  We even use it for highlighting, contouring (with a darker shade), or all-over for full coverage.  Say bye-bye to redness, hello fresh and flawless skin!  BE940-bareminerals-bareskin-complete-coverage-serum-concealer-light

Tip if you’re in-a-rush: add bareSkin Serum Foundation to your moisturizer for a tinted look.

bareSkin is recommended if you are looking for a mineral serum foundation that will correct your tone, brighten, and smooth out your complexion.  Another benefit?  It’s formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.  Give it a try… we think you’ll love it!

 

 

 


Dry, Damaged Hair that feels lifeless?

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Alterna BAMBOO Volume Abundant Shampoo and Conditioner may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Bamboo infuses hair with weightless moisture and nutrients to add volume and shine. In addition, Bamboo is filled with silica which is an important trace mineral that can stimulate blood flow to the scalp and encourage growth. Organic Maca root also encourages hair growth while adding strength and flexibility to hair follicles. One use of the abundant shampoo and conditioner and I saw a dramatic difference in the moisture and texture of my frizzy, dry, chemically treated hair. My hair was smooth and frizz was almost nonexistent and in its place was bouncy voluminous hair! The smell is a divine mixture of Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel and something my boyfriend would wear.

The weightless formula is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and GMOs. Alterna’s unique color hold technology infuses hair with a plant based melanin which protects color wash out and provides rinse resistant UVA and UVB protection. What more can I say? Buy a bottle today, you’ll thank me later.


The Hand That Launched a Thousand Famous Faces

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phelityl_pre-cleansing_oil_6_8oz_1“50% of my beauty I owe to my mother, 50% to Erno Laszlo”, Audry Hepburn. Erno Laszlo has been known as the authority in skincare since 1927. He developed the fundamental beauty ritual that taught women how to properly cleanse and nourish their face. Famous women like Grace Kelley, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Stephanie of Hungary used his products and became devotees to his philosophy.

It all begins with Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil. This is the first step to Erno Lazslo’s magic ritual. This magical oil prepares the skin for effective cleansing. Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil penetrates pores to dissolve trapped oils, impurities, and makeup on contact. When combined with a cleansing bar, this treatment oil creates a conditioning lather which improves the epidermal barrier and maximizes the cleansing process. Phelityl indicates Erno Laszlo’s unique moisturizing complex with a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin, which maintains the fatty acids essential for skin function.
Pour a dime-size drop of Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil into the palm and smooth over the face. Follow with your prescribed cleansing bar.

 

Benefits:

Helps dissolve impurities.

Nourishes and soothes skin.

Can double as a makeup remover and cuticle moisturizer.

Recommended for normal to dry skin.

 


Day Two: NuFace Trinity Giveaway!

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NuFace GiveawayRejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin in just minutes a day with the award-winning, multi-solution NuFace Trinity micro-current device. Just in time to enhance your fall wardrobe with the ultimate accessory – beautiful skin – we’re giving away a NuFace Trinity (a $325 value) once a day for seven days!

The NuFace Trinity is an FDA-cleared, portable micro-current facial toning device that gently stimulates the larger surface areas of the face to improve your appearance.

Along with the device, the NuFace Trinity kit includes Gel Primer, charging cradle, power adapter and a one-year warranty. Clinical studies showed improvements in facial contour, firmness, and tone, making NuFace Trinity the perfect way to “exercise” your face.

Every weekday we will post the names of the winners on our FaceBook page by 8:30 PM EST.

See the complete contest rules here.


Sugar vs Salt

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A common question, when talking about body scrubs, is whether to use a sugar scrub or a salt scrub?  What is the difference?  The main difference between sugar particles and salt particles is the size of the exfoliating granule.  Sugar has smaller granules than salt.  These scrubs are suited for sensitive skin and the face.  Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle 6055133234_da96dcf9a3_bexfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect the skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course.  Sugar also, has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need.  A sugar scrub is especially beneficial for the lips.

Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive because of their sharper edges and therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breathe easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including: Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts from Israel. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.   Salt scrubs are very helpful for treating Keratosis Pilaris.

Both sugar and salt scrubs are customizable and easy to prepare from home.  Here is a fun recipe to get you started: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar or salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla



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