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Dangers of Sleeping in Eye Makeup

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You crawl into bed after an exhausting day. Your sleepy head hits the pillow and you are snuggled up for a much deserved restful night’s sleep when you realize you forgot to wash your face. You may think “what harm can one night of sleeping in my makeup really do?” A lot actually! Knowing what I know now about sleeping in eye makeup I can promise you I will NEVER do it again. There are the obvious drawbacks from sleeping in makeup like dirty pillow cases and waking up with makeup all over your face, but there are some more serious repercussions.

Mascara dries out eye lashes and if you are not taking the time to remove it at night your lashes are just getting brittle. They’re actually thinning, breaking and falling out. Mascara and liner cause bacteria to build up in the eye which can cause irritation, bloodshot eyes and styes. A stye is a painful bump formed in the gland of the eye. They are noticeable and to be honest quite ugly. These reasons alone are enough to make me drag my lazy butt out of bed to wash my face. But wait…there is more! EYE MITES! Eye mites are tiny microscopic bugs that live in the hair follicles of your lashes and brows. Everyone has them unfortunately, but if you don’t wash your face than you are giving them a chance to multiply. Now they have all that yummy eye makeup to munch on so they can get bigger, stronger and lay more eggs. Within a few days those eye mites have hatched, grown and are laying their own eggs. Stop the madness and wash your face!

A few of our favorite eye makeup removers and cleansers are Kate Somerville True Lash- Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover, Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, ARCONA Triad Pads. You can find these products on SkinStore.com.


5 Skin Care Products Causing Your Oily Skin

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Think you know what’s causing your excess oil? It could be caused by seasonal transitions, hormones, or even medications. But before you make any lifestyle change, learn about the 5 common products in your daily skin care routine that may be the culprit, and find out how to control oily skin.

1. Your scrub. Over-doing it when it comes to exfoliating can rob your skin of its natural moisture, causing it to produce even  more oil to compensate. There can be “too much of a good thing” with exfoliation, so I recommend using physical exfoliants up to 3 times a week, and keep your pressure light when massaging physical scrubs into your skin.

2. Your inadequate sunscreen. Although it might temporarily dry out your skin, a tan damages the DNA inside your skin cells and triggers an injury response that causes oil production to surge so your skin stays protected. Make sure you choose an SPF that’s labeled “broad spectrum” to keep UVA and UVB rays from doing damage, so oil production stays under control. And make it a daily habit, rain or shine – up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate through clouds!

3. Your “squeaky” clean cleanser. You might think it’s helping your oil control cause, but using a cleanser that makes your skin feel dry and tight is doing anything but! The result is skin that’s stripped of its protective hydrolipidic barrier, causing it to rapidly produce more oil to compensate for what’s missing. Make sure you’re using a cleanser formulated for your exact skin type, to provide the moisture-to-oil balance it needs.

4. Your “one-size-fits-Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwearall” anti-ager. Anti-aging ingredients like retinol or peptides are meant to target skin aging concerns like wrinkles or firmness. If you have an Oily skin type, these formulas may be just too emollient. So choose an anti-aging night creme that’s designed specifically for oilier skin, and offers oil control along with anti-aging benefits, like Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwear.

5. Your oil blotters. A common pseudo-solution to remove excess oil is to blot it away – and not just with the blotting papers you find skin care aisles. I’ve heard people recommend everything from coffee shop napkins to toilet seat covers to beat an oily t-zone! No matter what you’re using to blot, it only pushes most of the day’s dirt, oil and makeup back in deep into your pores, where it causes breakouts, congestion, and even more oil. Stop oil at its source with an Oil Control Mattifier that balances oil production within the pore, and absorbs excess oil as it develops. Apply it under your makeup, before your SPF, to keep skin shine-free, and apply it over your makeup as needed for a pore-friendly solution to control oil throughout the day.

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


Brow Envy

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Brows are back in fashion. Whether you prefer a thick bold brow or a more natural look we have the perfect tools to frame that anastasiapretty face of yours. One of the top brands that’s been making waves in the cosmetic industry is Anastasia. Anastasia has reached mainstream notoriety by creating the largest assortment of award winning eyebrow products and best-selling brow pencils on the market today. Our must have products from the Anastasia line are listed below.

  1. NEW! Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade: A waterproof brow color ideal for sculpting, defining, and carving perfectly precise brows that won’t fade. Smudge-free, creamy formula glides on skin and adheres to hair. Must-have for oily skin and humid climates. It comes in 8 different colors Ebony, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Soft Brown, Chocolate, Taupe, Blonde and Auburn.

 

  1. Anastasia Brow Wiz: An ultra-slim mechanical pencil to shape, define and fill in your brows for a natural, polished look. Includes a spooley brush to easily blend for a natural look.

 

  1. Anastasia Clear Brow Gel: Tame unruly brows without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky. This clear gel formula, enriched with botanical conditioners and essential oils, can be worn alone or layered over Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo or Brow Pencils to set your brows for a polished look that lasts all day.

Click below for a step by step tutorial on 5 Minute Bold Brows by Anastasia Beverly Hills:

You can find the products mentioned about on SkinStore.com.


Let the Sun Shine- Without the Sun!

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We can all agree that tanned skin gives you a healthy glow. In fact it makes you look a little more lean and toned too. Whether you are a tanning connoisseur or have resigned yourself to being on the fairer side, there is a self-tanning product for you!

The easiest are tan towels.  They look like large wet naps.  They come in different sizes. They have ones just for the face, a half body towel, and a full size body towel.  Facial tan towels are great for a pick-me-up to look smashing for an event.  Half body towels are great maintenance towels to keep up your tan. Full body towels are great to start with to get the all-over glow.  Just rub these babies in circular motions all over your body. Have someone help you with your back. You will see an instant shine that will deepen in a few hours.  The brand called Tan Towel makes a 3-in1 towel that exfoliates, tans and moisturizes in one. These are designed to give you a deep tan, but you can control it. If you want to just get rid of the blinding white light coming from your skin, like me, just use it a few times.  My favorite tan towels are Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes they come in a 2-pack or an 8-pack. Quick and easy. Just takes a few minutes to dry and won’t transfer on your clothes.

Tanning Gel, Mousse, or Cream are all no-drip options that will help you tap into your inner bronze goddess. These all work basically the same. Massage in until completely absorbed. Layer another coat every few hours until you are the shade you desire.  Some come with a mitt, which is helpful to avoid tanned palms.  Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel is rated 5 stars out of 5 by our customers. This will leave your skin smooth with no lingering scent.  Want a dark, long-lasting tan?                         

Fake Bake Self-Tanning Mousse is your answer.  Fake bake has been a long-time leader in the self-tanning market.  For a glow on the goSothys Soins Soleil Cellu-Guard Self Tanning Cream is my pick. With just a hint of shimmer, this cream really moisturizes and gives you a radiant look.

rodial airbrush tanAnd last but not least, for an instant, just came from the beach appearance, you want Tan Spray! These are best applied while you are outside or in a dry shower.  Simply shake and spray in small circles to get even, all-over coverage.  Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush is sure to make you over in a seconds,  

Boots No7 Perfectly Bronzed Quick Dry 360 Airbrush comes in two colors – light-to-medium for fair skin or a splash of color and medium-to-dark for darker complexions or an intense tan.

Tanning tips:

Exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying tanning products. This will help your tan go on better and last longer.

Use sparingly on elbows, knees (front and back) and ankles. It takes less product to shade these areas.

Don’t forget to tan the areas that will make your tan look natural. If you tan your face, don’t forget your ears. If you tan your legs, don’t forget your feet and especially that easy-to-miss achilles heel.

Best of all, go have fun!


Beauty Tip: Avoid the Green Scene

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Ever heard of blonde hair turning green from swimming in a pool? Unfortunately, this is not an urban legend. Being a blonde myself I am super cautious about getting my hair wet in the pool and I am way too insecure to go around rocking a swim cap. So, over the years I have picked up a few tricks to help prevent those dreaded green pool tresses.

One tip that I hear a lot is to wet your hair before you go in the pool. The idea is that your hair will absorb the tap water and not the pool water. I always pictured having to either take a shower to wet my hair or drench my hair with a garden hose in order to do this. Since it was such a hassle I only did this a handful of times. I was recently complaining to a friend of mine about the hardships of being blonde, like the expense, stupid jokes and green pool hair when she suggested that I carry a water spray bottle in my pool bag so I could conveniently spray my hair before jumping in the pool. This was the most brilliant idea I have ever heard (maybe some of these blonde jokes have a point). So now I carry a small spray bottle with tap water and I like to add a few drops of conditioner to give my hair some extra protection. I also try to shampoo my hair as soon as I am done with the pool. So far I have avoided the green scene and the swim cap!

Looking for more sun protection hair products for summer? Here are a few of our favorites!

Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil: The UV filter in Protective Sun Veil ensures this product’s “high” protection levels, ideal for natural, unchanged hair. The photo-protective agent obtained from the Sunflower blossom effectively completes hair fiber protection.

Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask: Enriched with palm butter and phospholipids of natural origin, this Repairing After Sun Mask restructures sun damaged hair and instantly detangles it. This mask also protects and nourishes hair for supple and soft results.

Alterna BAMBOO UV Color Protection Vibrant Color Conditioner: Vibrant Color Conditioner combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract with color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract. This paraben and sodium chloride free conditioner infuses hair with nourishing moisture and vital nutrients to keep it strong and healthy with beautifully vibrant color. With rinse resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology this conditioner provides the highest level of color protection.

You can find these products on SkinStore.com.

 


5 Beauty Tricks for Better Looking Skin this Summer

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1. Don’t forget to exfoliate…properly!

As we move into summer, our skin needs a good cleanse to remove the dead skin we have accumulated through the winter months. But remember, there is too much of a good thing! Don’t over exfoliate in your haste for fresher looking skin. Mechanical exfoliants like scrubs with nuts, ground coffee or gritty materials as well as chemical exfoliants should only be used 2-3 times a week. If you are looking for a gentle exfoliant, we recommend the Nuxe Fondant Gentle Body Scrub.

2. Wash your pillowcases!

Make the most out of your beauty sleep! Since the summer heat brings perspiration and in turn, more oil production for most people we recommend changing your pillowcase every 3 days or so to ensure they aren’t harboring any pimple causing bacteria or irritants.

*Bonus tip: Try a satin pillowcase to ensure your blowout lasts longer! No one likes blow drying in the summer!

3. Clean your cellphone!

Ever wonder why one side of your face is breaking out? Clean that cell phone! This should be done all year round but especially in the summer time, we suggest carrying some wipes in your purse to give your cellphone a good cleanse and prevent breakouts.

4. Hydrate throughout the day!

Even if you are an oilier skin type, it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. A small bottle of hydrating mist is great to look fresh when the temperature rises. We suggest the Avene Thermal Spring Water in the 1.7 oz size which is perfect for the office, gym bag or purse.

5. Wash your hair often!

Most women know the benefit of a good blow out and if you color your hair, you may be less inclined to wash every day. Washing more often in the summer can prevent breakouts where your hair may be touching your skin like neck, back and forehead. Hair products and perspiration don’t always mix so consider amping up your shampoos to every other day. For a squeaky clean finish, try the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo.

You can find all of these amazing products on SkinStore.com!

 


Summer Revamp

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shutterstock_35600407Summer is almost here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys that go along with summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine hair. What is a beach beauty to do?

Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.

Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!

Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.

Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!


Fact or Fiction? Common Myths in the Beauty World

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MYTH #1: The FDA ensures that all cosmetics statements are factual before you buy them.

A: FALSE! The FDA or Food & Drug Administration does not require approval of cosmetics before their manufacture and sale since the products are neither labeled for dietary consumption or as a medial supplement. The FDA onlySkinStore.com regulated the claims made and the labeling provided on each product. Cosmetics can ONLY claim to change the appearance of the body or skin, not the function.

MYTH #2: Sunscreen can actually increase the risk of skin cancer.

A: FALSE! Octinoxate is a chemical sunscreen that is preferred by sensitive skin types. Most physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide which can cause irritation. NO sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays (UVB, UVA or otherwise). You will notice a large change in the way sunscreens are marketed in the United States. The Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, labels the strength of the sunscreen but does no matter how the strong sunscreen, they lose their potency after about two hours and need to be reapplied.

MYTH #3: Exfoliating scrubs can be used as an explosive.

A: FALSE! Most exfoliants or “scrubs” contain a variety of grainy materials ranging from fruit pits to seeds to diatomaceous earth, which help slough of dead skin cells from the surface. Diatomaceous earth (DE), marine sediment or fossil algae, is used in many other products not limited to the skincare industry. DE can also be combined with nitroglycerin to classify as dynamite, which is never found in skin care products.

MYTH #4: Your waterproof mascara coats your lashes in plastic.

A: TRUE! Plastic derivatives have been used in a variation of products for many years. Plastic derivatives or polymers are crucial in the production of hairspray, hair gel, liquid bandages and even perfumes. Polymers, when viewed under a microscope, are perfectly round spheres and do not damage the surface of the skin or irritate sensitive areas like the eyes, ears, or nose.

MYTH #5: Lipsticks contains a lethal amount of lead.

A: FALSE! In 2009, the FDA developed a method of testing to determine the amount of lead in products. It was then the FDA confirmed that the amount of lead found in lipstick was detected in 20 lipstick products but very low and did not pose any safety or health concerns. The lead levels are attributed to color additives and other ingredients that are acceptable by the FDA.


Oh, HONEY!

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2Honey is often used to acclimatize the body to surrounding pollens to prevent allergies. But did you know: propolis, the tacky resin that a bee gathers to produce honey, is not only anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial but also stimulates cell renewal! Honey is also a great moisturizer as well as effective for healing wounds.

Here are some of our favorite natural products that are sweet as honey!

Arcona Hydrating Serum incorporates honey as well as Hyalouronic Acid and Aloe to sooth and heals the most stressed, damaged or mature skin.

Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub uses pure Gironde honey as well as 6 essential oils, brown sugar and crushed grape seeds to smooth away cellulite & dead skin cells for a luxurious, spa like exfoliation.

Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner incorporates Black Tea extract, Rice Bran Extract and Honey Extract to deeply moisturize the skin without clogging pores or causing irritation. This toner is paraben free, oil free, alcohol free & can be used on its own for oiler skin types or in conjunction with your favorite for an added boost of moisture!

You can find these, and thousands of other products at SkinStore.com!


Alpha “Amazing” Beta Glow Pads

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DG131-dr-dennis-gross-alpha-beta-glow-padDo you want realistic color and quick? Spring is here and as soon as you know it, we’ll be saying hello to Summer! With a quick and easy application, you can achieve your golden hues in just a few painless swipes. The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads are enriched with microencapsulated DHA & soy proteins.  They also have included Vitamin D into their formulation along with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids to help tighten pores, eliminate blackheads, fade existing dark spots while providing a streak-free glow. Each easy pad application can provide long lasting color without odors and with added anti-aging benefits.  The color is realistic and not fake looking since it adjusts to your natural skin tone. We love these color quick fix pads and you should too! So before you go out to your local department store and vouch to do a messy self- tan application, remember you can find these Alpha Beta Glow Pads at SkinStore.com.

And now, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better… Dr. Dennis Gross has come out with Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Body. Yes, you read that correctly – the same great technology is now packed into a larger pad making it easier than ever to get glowing skin on your entire body. The Alpha- Beta Glow Pad for Body is the only exfoliating & anti-aging self-tanner with Active Vitamin D that firms, smooths bumpy skin, and helps reduce hair growth. We are amazed and you will be too!



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