All that you love about your Clarisonic just got better! The latest model now has all the bells and whistles you can ask for on one convenient sonic cleansing device. Now you can cleanse your face, body and give yourself a pedicure all with one machine!
First, let’s talk about the face. You can choose from four speeds to cleanse your complexion. One is the gentlest, four being more invigorating. All the Clarisonic brush heads fit on the Smart Profile however the Dynamic brush head comes standard with it. The new Dynamic brush head is micro chipped for two reasons. It has a built-in indicator to illuminate the brush with a red light when it is time to replace it. Also, when used in Smart Mode, the brush head automatically adjusts for a deeper cleanse in the T-zone and a more gentle cleanse for your cheeks, that is smart! The texture of this brush is somewhere in between a sensitive brush head and the deep pore brush head. There is also a Turbo mode that accelerates for a deeper clean as long as you hold it down, which is great for cleansing congested areas.
The Turbo Massage Body Brush head also comes in this kit. When used in Smart mode it will give you a short massage and then it cleanses and exfoliates and finishes with another short massage. It had us at hello. You also get the Refining skin polish to really renew and slough off the dry, dead skin that causes that “ashy” look. This will be perfect to use to prepare the body for a self-tanner. Turbo off those rough heels and elbows!
Last, but not least you can get your feet, sandal ready for spring! The Pedi Smoothing Disc and Pedi Wet Dry Buffing Brush Head are sold separately, but can be utilized with the Smart Profile. You will still want to keep your appointment with your pedicurist however; this system will extend the life of a professional pedicure. With all those functions in one, your friends will say that you’re a smart one!
With Spring Break around the corner I am sure there are plenty of college students and families gearing up for a week off of school and a much deserved break from the day-to-day. Whether you are heading to the beach or a mini vacay the key to packing for a Spring Break trip is to pack light. Bathing suit, sandals and just the beauty basics are all you need for a care-free week off from life. I have provided some super simple ways to lighten the load for your trip.
First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes are a natural, quick and easy way to wipe down after a day in the sun to cleanse the skin. They are gentle enough for any skin type and contain Aloe to help soothe sunburns and calm skin. Speaking of sunburns, another Spring Break essential is a quality sunscreen. Coola is a great organic brand that offers a wide range of sunscreens. My favorite is the Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 35 in the Pina Colada scent. Just the scent alone makes this product Spring Break worthy. It is easy to apply and last for 40 minutes while in the water. Pair it with the Coola Sport Liplux SPF 30 to protect and nourish your lips. After a day outside a nice shower is just what you need to continue the relaxation. Instead of lugging around your large shampoo and conditioner bottles take the Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Starter Kit. It is the perfect size for travel and gives your hair a wonderful clean scent and shine. If your beachy waves are just too fantastic to shower away than try a dry shampoo to refresh your hair, add volume and absorb oil. Alterna BAMBOO Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo may be sprayed on the roots and works with all hair colors. To finish packing, throw in a toothbrush and some clothes and you are set for a fabulous week of sunshine!
Is your skin ready for an amazing shot of silky moisture, rich in vitamins, age-fighting organic botanicals and absorbs in a flash? This broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer glides on smoothly and leaves skin soft and velvety plus it’s armed with hi-tech broad- spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This multi-tasking moisturizer not only protects skin with a non-irritating mineral based sunscreen, but delivers intensive hydration with organic extracts and pure Icelandic glacial water. Plus, it helps run damage control on contact—treating fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots you already have, while preventing future damage. It is suitable for all skin types including sensitive. Sounds amazing right?! SkinStore is giving this product away! Click HERE to enter.
Do you have a Clarisonic and love the cleaning power you get from it, but you’re not sure which brush head is right for you? Let’s shed some light on this!
Clarisonic brush heads vary in bristle length and density. The longer and more dense the bristles are the softer the brush. Granted, all brushes are equally effective at cleansing regardless of comfort level. Keep in mind all of the brush heads are interchangeable except for the body brush attachments. Here’s the breakdown:
Normal: Comes standard with the Gray Mia 1 and Mia 2. It’s an invigorating brush great for thicker or oily skin, without sensitivity. Men’s skin is a typical fit for this brush head. This brush is generally used with speed 2 or speed 3 on devices.
Deep Pore: Sold separately. A purifying brush that will help congested areas like the T-zone and tops of the cheeks. If you have blackheads, whiteheads or milia use this to help clear those out. Generally used on speed 2 or 3.
Sensitive: Comes standard with Mia 1, Mia 2 and Mia 3. This balancing brush head is most commonly used. Great for makeup removal and daily grime use with speed 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Delicate: Sold separately. More gentle than the sensitive brush head. Ideal for those who have some sensitivity and no dryness. Typically used with the lowest speed, speed 1.
Acne: Comes with the Mia 2 Clarifying Collection. This clarifying brush is super gentle for cleansing the delicate and sometimes inflamed blemishes. Best used on speed 1 or 2.
Radiance: Sold separately. Even more gentle than the acne brush head. Wonderful for dry and sensitive types used on speed 1.
Dynamic: Comes with the Smart Profile. The texture is somewhere between the sensitive and deep pore brush heads. It also, has a microchip in it so it lights up with a red light when it is time to change it. This brush can be used on all of the 4 speeds this device offers.
Turbo Massage Body: Comes with the Smart Profile. This is a stiffer brush that will help exfoliate your rough patches on the body and elbows. Use with the body mode.
**Clarisonic recommends that you change the brush on your device every 3 months for efficacy**
You can find Clarisonic brush heads and devices on SkinStore.com.
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! Primers 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!
Elemental Herbology incorporates the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. The wood element is aligned to spring, germination, growth and change. It is a time to ‘tend the soil’ before ‘sowing the seeds’ and in this way, a time to purify the skin and infuse it with much needed nourishment.
Consider adding into any skincare regimen the Elemental Herbology Cell Food facial serum. This serum contains a power-house of proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help boost, protect and repair undernourished skin, especially after the effects of the winter season.
“You can actually feel this serum doing your skin good; natural products don’t get more effective. It leaves skin supple and nourished in the short term and decidedly more radiant in the long term.” - Harper’s Bazaar, October 2014
Niacin, also known as Vitamin B-3 is found in many foods, including yeast, meat, fish, poultry, milk and eggs. The benefits for the internal consumption of niacin are astronomical. It is scientifically proven to help treat heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol, and more. Topical application of products that contain niacin and niacinamide (which is a derivative of niacin) has also proven to have incredible effects. Niacin is found in all cells and it plays an important role in energy production. Thus, it is present in the organs that are metabolically active like the brain, heart, and liver.
In regards to skin care, Niacinamide has the ability to treat skin conditions including aging skin. It is anti-inflammatory which makes it effective in the treatment of acne. It is also beneficial against skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea. Studies have shown that 4% niacinamide gel can improve the symptoms of acne. In regards to rosacea, one study showed rosacea patients treated with niacinamide resulted in a diminished reaction to irritants. 26 out of 34 patients studied had a dramatic improvement in their skin.
Niacinamide is amazing for young skin, but it’s a miracle worker for more mature skin. There is evidence that it stimulates cells to produce more collagen. It’s also great for excessive dryness because it prevents moisture loss. It protects the skin by providing a safe occlusive barrier between skin and the environment. This ingredient does not feel heavy or greasy. Most importantly, niacinamide increases the production of ceramides which are lipids in the outer layer of the epidermis. Ceramides form a protective barrier against water loss. It will soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It stimulates circulation in the dermis which increases blood flow and increase vital nutrients to the skin, radiance, and overall skin health.
But what about those ugly age spots and hyperpigmentation that many suffer from due to sun exposure and other factors? Niacinamide in concentrations of 4% helps lighten areas of pigmentation. It reduces blotchiness, improves skin texture, and evens out skin tone.
Is it safe? According to a study published in The International Journal of Toxicology, niacinamide is not toxic or carcinogenic. This was tested on levels higher than those found in any cosmetic product. More importantly, it does not sensitize the skin or cause irritation in most people. It is classified as a low hazard cosmetic ingredient by The Environmental Working Group.
In a clinical study, after just four weeks of Niacinamide use, users saw water loss reduction by 24%, Pigmentation decrease by 68%, and increase of fatty acids by 67%, increase of ceramide production by 34%, fibroblasts production by 20%, collagen production by 54%.
Clearly, the studies show it produces great results; Niacinamide is an ingredient for those who want to go above and beyond in their skin care.
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!
No matter the season, rain or shine our lips always need a little extra TLC and the one skincare accessory we cannot live without is lip balm. Our lips are one of the softest and thinner parts of our body. Belli® has developed their very own lip balm to help relieve and heal your dry, cracked lips.
And because our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is 100% lanolin, it is great to use on any other part of your body that needs the extra moisture, such as your cuticles and heels which can become cracked during the winter months. Even breastfeeding mom’s can benefit from using our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm to help hydrate dry, cracked nipples.
Belli’s® Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is formulated to lock in your lips natural moisture with just one ingredient, a soothing medical graded, hypoallergenic Ultra Purified Lanolin Oil.
Our Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is easy to apply and glides on smoothly without leaving a greasy residue on your lips.
At Belli® we are dedicated to bringing the very best in trusted skincare solutions that pamper and protect your skin without any known harmful chemicals, making our new Sheer Comfort Lip Balm a great addition to our skincare line.
Here are some things you should know about Belli® Skincare and its range of luxurious and effective skincare products for Pregnancy, Motherhood and Beyond:
Belli® is Picky For A Purpose™ to give you peace of mind. Our products are allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding. We teratology screen our skincare products recommended for use during pregnancy by searching through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5,000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. We also LACTMED screen to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding so that all Belli® products can also be used post-pregnancy.