Fall is the perfect time to show off the natural beauty of your eyes without makeup. Yes, it is possible to wean yourself off of eyeshadow, liner and mascara and like how your eyes look au naturel. Let your lips steal the show this season in delicious wine, berry and plum hues that become wearable when paired with the iconic natural eye.
Enhancing the natural beauty of your eyes without the help of makeup begins with your brows. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how full and defined brows frame your eyes so beautifully that you won’t feel compelled to reach for heavy liner and mascara. Need to add a little fullness? Growth-enhancing serums like HydroPeptide’s Lash Longer Fuller Thickeronly need to be applied nightly to achieve the look of thicker and more defined brows within a few weeks. HydroPeptide Lash nourishes lashes and brows as you sleep for dramatic improvement in volume and darkness while helping to prevent breakage.
Voluminous lashes are another trick to pulling off the natural eye look with confidence. HydroPeptide Lashis also designed to enhance lash volume, darkness and length with a unique cocktail of peptides designed to safely increase growth-promoting keratin genes, prevent pigment loss in hair and help stimulate hair follicles. Peptides are celebrated for being non-irritating as they are simply specific amino acid sequences found naturally in the body. Depending on how they are sequenced, peptides can perform a variety of functions, from serving as the building blocks of collagen to promoting hair growth.
For the finishing touch, make those pretty peepers really pop by giving them a brightening boost. All it takes is the right eye cream. HydroPeptide’s Eye Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrateimmediately brightens, de-puffs and camouflages fine lines and under-eye bags with an innovative blend of crushed pearls, antioxidants and peptides. You’ll notice instant results that continue to improve. Now that you know the tricks to beautifying your eyes without makeup, wink and face the day with nothing more than a bold and beautiful lip color.
Spas world-wide are performing snail facials to eager clients wanting the anti-aging benefits from snail mucus. Snail mucus contains hyaluronic acid, proteins and anti-oxidants. This snail slime helps skin retain moisture and reduce redness. Spas in Japan are charging up to $250 U.S. dollars to have this treatment performed on their skin. This treatment entails 3-6 organically fed snails gliding across the clients face leaving behind a trail of slime. If this process of having one of the world’s slowest animals slime all over your face sounds less than appealing than you are in luck. Tensage is a highly recommended skincare brand that offers snail mucus products. Our customers love the results they receive from Tensage moisturizers and serums. They contain SCA biorepair technology that regenerates tissue, prevents further breakdown and rebuilds collagen. These products save you from having the agonizingly slow and disgusting snail facial but you still benefit from all its slimy goodness! You can find Tensage and many other great skincare products on SkinStore.com.
I’m always on a search for the best eye cream, and so are our customers. At least five times a day I have customers asking “What is the best eye cream you have?”
Of course, ‘best’ depends on customer preference. Things that work for some people may not work well for others, but it seems that there are those cult-favorites with the loyal following that always seem to top the ‘favorites’ charts for just about everybody.
Here are some magic little potions we (and our customers) can’t stop raving about:
Bliss The Youth As We Know It Eye Cream – Bliss has taken the ten most important ingredients they’ve found for eyes and packed them into one exciting wonder cream. Alleviates dark circles, crow’s feet, under eye pillows, saggy eyebrow arches and pretty much all other eye concerns. This is a periorbital wonder cream!
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair features a powerful combination of active copper, cutting edge peptides and anti-aging proteins that help boost collagen levels lost due to aging. This soothing, rich, cream-gel formula improves the overall health, balance and quality of collagen to firm, tone and tighten the entire eye area, while reducing the depth of fine lines and wrinkles.
SkinCeuticals Eye Balm is a synergistic combination of highly effective, yet gentle phytochemicals rehabilitates mature, aging skin around the delicate eye area. This rich, corrective emollient treatment is specifically formulated to counter the three prime signs of aging— moisture loss, collagen breakdown, and free radical damage. A natural anti-inflammatory is added to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness, while a soothing agent derived from the chamomile plant calms irritated skin.
L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm – An eye cream with anti-aging benefits that reduces dark circles, puffiness and signs of tiredness around the eyes. Formulated with Immortelle floral water, this cream will soothe, moisturize, nourish and tone the delicate skin around the eyes.
Give one (or all) a try- we’re sure you’ll love them!
Since there are quite a few Clarisonic models & colors, picking one out can be difficult! It’s actually easier then it seems to figure out which one would be best for you. All you have to do is keep reading…
- The Mia Clarisonic Cleansing System- Has a 1 year manufacturer warranty. It comes with a Compact pLink International Charger, a sensitive brush head, the standard speed and a 1 oz. Clarisonic Cleanser. It’s compact size makes it very easy to travel with!
- The Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System- Has a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It comes with a Compact pLink International Charger, a protective travel case, a sensitive brush head, two speeds and a 1oz. Clarisonic Cleanser. It also has the same compact size as the Mia, which means super easy to cleanse on the go!
- The Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care System with Spot Therapy– Has a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It has a Universal Charging Cradle, 1 oz. trial size of a Clarisonic cleanser, 2 oz. trial size of the Refining Skin Polish, a protective travel case, 3 speeds (one for the body), one deep pore cleansing brush head, one normal brush head, and one body spot therapy brush head.
- The ARIA Sonic Skin Cleansing System- Has a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It has a drying stand, a USB-enabled Universal Voltage pLink Charger, 3 speeds, a battery life indicator, a wall adapter, a sensitive brush head and a 1 oz. refreshing gel cleanser. The ARIA is the newest model in the Clarisonic family and doesn’t disappoint! The newly shaped handle is now covered in a modern high-gloss finish.
Dr.Dennis Gross is a New York City dermatologist to the elite, and he’s famous worldwide for his Alpha Beta Daily Face Peels. Dr. Gross took his acclaimed peel even further and created Alpha Beta Glow Pads. It’s not just any peel pad, mind you, they’re exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxyl acid pads that are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and a self-tanning compound. Each pad nourishes the skin, provides anti-aging, brightening, and anti-acne benefits while giving the skin a natural, sun-kissed, radiant look.
The Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads never leave your skin orange or streaky! These pads can be used in conjunction with the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (or with the Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel) on a daily basis, or when you need that little pick-me-up! Who wouldn’t want believable, natural color, anti-aging benefits and exfoliation in a streak-free self-tanning formula?! Everyone at SkinStore.com (even the guys) can attest to just how wonderful this product is.
If you’ve tried it, we’d love to know what you think! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
As summer fades into fall, our golden tans will begin to disappear. Now is the time to start looking into a great self-tanner to get you through the winter! I am very pale naturally and struggle to keep any color I may have obtained from summer. While, I do not condone indoor tanning, I can tell there is a slight difference in color between the seasons. I have tried almost every self-tanning spray, lotion, gel and butter there is. Here is a list of my favorite self-tanners:
Fake Bake Instant Self Tanning Spray $32.00 This spray is PERFECT for a quick last minute tan. The application is easy and the product offers a natural looking tan. Fake Bake uses two self-tanners blended together to give you an instant tan and a deeper tan that will develop over a few hours. This product lasts about 5-7 days depending on how often you bathe or sweat. Keep in mind that this product needs to dry completely before you get dressed. Also, make sure to apply this product in a well-ventilated space and I highly suggest standing on a towel you don’t really care for. If you happen to get it all over your bathroom, like I did, just use a damp cloth or paper towel.
Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner $36.00 I cannot express how much I love Jane Iredale. (Their BB cream is amazing but that will have to wait for another blog) This is one of the BEST self-tanning products I have ever used. Colored with Radish root extract, this is completely natural and non-comodegenic. It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated while providing a really natural looking tan that you can build to your preferred color. Best of all, it is gentle enough to use on the face!
Jan Marini BioGlycolic Sunless Self Tanner $28.00 Jan Marini has gained critical acclaim and is known as one of best anti-aging skincare lines available. As with any other tanning lotion, it leaves the skin feeling silky and smooth. However, this lotion contains Glycolic Acid to penetrate deeper, color faster and last longer which sets it apart from the run of the mill tanning lotions. And it is a great price point as well.
Tan Towel Express Tan Kit $30.00 Hopping a plane to Vegas, Cabo or L.A? Make sure to grab this kit! Great for a weekend getaway or special occasion, Tan Towels are perfect for on the go. Individually portioned and packaged, they can fit in your suitcase, gym bag or purse. The kit comes with the Original Half Body Tan Towel and the Express Tanning Mist to give an allover luxurious tan.
You can find these great products and many more on SkinStore!
The search for your fave eye cream is over! Caudalie Premier Cru the Eye Cream is your solution for those of us who are looking to combat all the signs of aging around the eyes: wrinkles, loss of firmness, lack of radiance, dehydration, dark circles, and puffiness. This exclusive formula has not just one, but three patents: Resveratol, grape vine sap Viniferine, and grape-seed Polyphenols which address all the signs of aging.
After one use, eyes are immediately brightened with pearlized light diffusing pigments. Skin around the eyes feels cool and refreshed. With continued use the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are diminished and the eye contour appears more lifted and firm.
To increase anti-puffiness and anti-wrinkle benefits apply the cream by gently tapping around the orbital bone and under the eye area with your ring finger. This will help stimulate blood circulation and has a slight draining effect.
This eye cream is one of our tried and true favorites!
Do you want to look years younger without going under the knife? Micro-current devices are a great option for anyone looking to firm and tone their skin. This technology is designed to soften wrinkles and rejuvenate skin, including skin damaged by sunburn, acne, stretch marks, cellulite and scarring. When used on the face, the treatments have become known as a “non-surgical facelift.” Micro-current mimics the body’s own bio-electric current and works by passing low frequency, direct current through muscle tissue to stimulate the muscle fibers. At home micro-current tools are a very effective option and growing in popularity.
Our most popular micro-current device NuFace Trinity delivers unparalleled professional results in an easy to use at-home system. The NuFace Trinity is newly updated with an ergonomic design to deliver an amazing user experience. With the addition of interchangeable Infrared light treatment heads for added functionality, the NuFace Trinity makes it easy to achieve results in as little as 5 minutes a day.
Another customer favorite is the WrinkleMD Eye System. This groundbreaking tool uses a Hyaluronic filler system with gentle micro-current to deliver Hyaluronic Acid — the wrinkle-filler injected by dermatologists — and peptides by infusing them into the layers of your skin, deeper than creams or serums can reach. Each 40-minute treatment targets wrinkles with an intensive boost of Hyaluronic Acid. Visible results are immediate and continue to improve with as little as one treatment per week. All you will feel is a gentle, euphoric tingle and all you see is beautiful, younger-looking skin!
You can find the devices mentioned above and other great beauty tools at SkinStore.com.
The end of summer justifies a new wardrobe, haircut and makeup…and as the canvas for your new Fall hues, your skin deserves some attention, too. Whether your goal is to reverse the effects of too much fun in the sun or prevent those dreaded dark spots from cropping up in the first place – with the ever-evolving assortment of available pigment-correcting products out there, what makes a pigment corrector stand out from the bunch? One that lightens age spots, discoloration from sun overexposure, melasma and acne scarring without causing skin irritation. The following five skin lightening mechanisms to look for include:
1. Beta White – a skin-brightening peptide designed to address both genetic and environmental causes of hyperpigmentation. Peptides are specific amino acid sequences that mimic the natural signals of cell communication and repair so their biological properties can target different areas – in the case of Beta White, that property is skin lightening. Beta White produces results without irritation as it is identical to the skin’s own structure and composition. Studies show that after only 4 weeks, 87% of subjects felt their skin was more uniform and after 8 weeks, 100% noticed their complexion looking more evenly pigmented.
2. Chromabright – a brightening molecule with the capacity to inhibit the activity of skin-darkening enzyme reactions and performed comparably to Hydroquinone in clinical studies.
3. Licorice – a treat for your taste buds and your complexion that offers an additional defense against dark spots caused by enzyme reactions.
4. Vitamin C – in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a skin lightening agent and multi-tasking antioxidant that also fights wrinkles and elasticity loss by helping to optimally nourish collagen.
5. Lactic acid – a natural exfoliator that promotes a more even skin tone by speeding fresh new skin to the surface while simultaneously brightening surface-level skin.
From a peptide at clinical strength to a botanical extract, this diverse skin lightening cocktail is setting a new standard for results that can be achieved by pigment correctors. For the benefits of all five dark spot-correcting ingredients together, try HydroPeptide’s Even Out Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector. Spice up your Fall beauty routine with radiant, even toned skin and look flawlessly chic season after season!
Here at SkinStore we all have our favorites. With so many products to choose from we do seem to be a bit passionate about our newest fave of the moment. Maybe there was a great serum or mask that made our skin glow, or an acne treatment that seemed to clear up that irritating red disaster that was on our face only the day before. We may just like the smell of a product, or how it makes us feel when we put it on. No matter the reasons why we love these products, we would like the share them with you!
As skin care junkies we are also researchers, writers, make-up artists, and Estheticians here at SkinStore. We have a love for wonderful products to maintain our gorgeous complexions. With so many products to choose from, our devotion is endless!
A popular favorite here is SkinCeuticals. They are a cosmeceutical-based brand with so much to offer. As a company they believe to have an effective skin care regimen there must be three elements involved: prevention, protection and correction. Aside from being a brand favorite, it has also won a variety of awards and has had an abundance of press in various magazines. Two of Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty winners were the CE Ferulic and the Phloretin CF. This is a very highly developed and advanced line in the skin care world. From antioxidants and glowing skin, to the treatment of sun spots our devotees (and customers) believe it really lives up to its claims to fame. It is no wonder these are two of our best liked products as well! They are great sources of vitamins and sun protection that any skin type can benefit from. Speaking of sun protection you can layer it up with Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50. This is a broad-spectrum sun block that is sweat and water resistant, whether you are working out side or just relaxing by the pool. It is also oil-free so even those with oily skin types can use this one. This is definitely one of our top rated choices for excellent UV protection.
Another great cosmeceutical line is Osmotics. They work with university medical centers and renowned scientists around the world to develop their line of truly effective products. They also believe that what is left out of the products is just as important as what goes into their products. That is why they refuse to use any artificial coloring or fragrances in their products. They have taken the less is more approach to skin care. As a smaller skin care line, they focus on offering fewer products that are highly effective. Simply put, they offer large results ( Allure likes this line too, especially the Blue Copper 5 products). The Blue Copper offers healing and anti-aging benefits that you do not want to miss out on. Osmotics was the first company to introduce a double-chain copper peptide molecule. What this means for us consumers is a highly advanced line with spectacular results. A personal favorite is the Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair. This has a wonderful creamy gel like consistency that soaks right in, and is non-irritating to use for my delicate eye area. Love it! For an all over firming body treatment, try the Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift. You can apply this anywhere that you need a little lift and tightening. It also contains the wonderful healing and nourishing Blue Copper.
If you are looking for a doctor created and endorsed line you’ll want to check out the Perricone MD products. From neutriceutical vitamins to targeted results, he really is a visionary. We are proud to offer his highly credited range of beneficial skin care necessities. The newest addition to his line is the Cold Plasma anti-aging treatment. This has been in the making for 5 years and the results show! This product addresses 10 visible signs of aging in only one treatment. Talk about multi-tasking! Anyone who wants additional hydration, skin repair, smoothness or increased elasticity should really consider Perricone’s Cold Plasma. Perricone believes in firming the muscles underneath the skin, not paralyzing them. This product has DMAE, which actually helps to stimulate nerve function, making the muscles under the skin tighten up. It also helps to prevent future sagging of the skin. Wow, talk about an all in one product! For more information about the Cold Plasma, you can read our previous blog Ground-Breaking New Product! Cold Plasma!
Another staff favorite in the Perricone line is the Face Finishing Moisturizer. It is rich in corrective nutrients helping to minimize lines and wrinkles. We like it for the moist dewy glow it gives or skin! This also has DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Vitamin C Ester. It is paraben free as well.
As you can see the list goes on and on for our favs. We are so fortunate to be able to experience the benefits of so many great brands. We hope that you will continue to share with us your favorites and rate them on our site. We really value your input and hope you take a look at our must haves as well!