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Tricks for the Perfect Home Mani!

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Do you love to have your nails look amazing but just do not have the time to go to the salon? Does it seem complicated and messy to paint your nails at home? Well, good news! We have a few tricks up our sleeves that will help you achieve the perfect mani at home.
Use glue to keep the polish off your skin and on your nails. All you need to do is apply a bit of Elmer’s Glue around your nails. Let it dry and then paint your nails as usual (you don’t even have to be neat about it!) Once your nail polish dries, simply peel the glue away and it will take any of the excess polish with it. ON118-butter-london-pop-art-nail-lacquer-trio
Sometimes your cuticles can get cracked and dry which can give your manicure a rough edge. However, all you need to do is dab a drop of olive oil on each cuticle. Then put on some mittens overnight and BAM! Your cuticles will be looking soft and good as new.
When you trim your nails, do the clippings fly everywhere to be lost until you step on them or find them in the most inappropriate places? Clipping your nails wet will avoid flying debris.
Fun fact: using a white base coat will brighten your neon color to the max. TR026-trind-french-manicure-kit
Do you have old eye shadow lying around? Use it for nail polish! Crush it up and add some clear nail polish. Mix and apply to your nails for a unique, custom look.
Dry your nails in an instant! After you are done applying your nail polish, place your hand in a bath of ice water. It really works. The cold seals the polish instantly. Another method for quick-drying your nails is cooking spray. Yes, cooking spray! Spray on your freshly painted nails and it will cut your dry time in half. This also works and no, it won’t ruin your polish finish.
This next tip is a favorite. Would you like to clean up stained nails? All you need to do is scrub them with some whitening toothpaste, which will lift the stains and leave you with clean and even-colored nails.


Estie Find Alert: Quench Your Skin with Algae!

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PT270-peter-thomas-roth-blue-marine-algae-maskI have an amazing find that I want to share with all my dehydrated ladies:

Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask.

This mask is a powerhouse! We are talking about a nutrient-rich hydrating treatment that helps soothe and nourish skin with blue marine algae and other potent humectants. This gel mask helps prevent dehydration by retaining healthy water levels in skin over extended periods and through the most intense climatic conditions.

Blue Marine Algae is a nourishing seaweed that infuses skin with nutrients and humectants to help defend against dehydration and prevent future damage. Antarcticine, a unique glycoprotein sourced from Arctic glacial ice, helps skin retain water and protects against water loss in extreme climates or temperatures. Tea, sourced from the Jeju Islands of Korea, delivers deep nourishment and abundant moisture, leaving skin instantly hydrated and smooth with a healthy, dewy glow.

Over time, as the treatment balances skin’s hydration levels, fine dehydration lines are diminished.

Benefits:

• Suitable for all skin types.
• Hydrates and nourishes skin.
• Helps skin retain water.


Save the trip, microderm at home!

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UF001-trophy-skin-minimd-home-microdermabrasionMicrodermabrasion of the skin is used to treat discoloration, sun damage, stretch marks, and scarring. This treatment uses an abrasive tool to gently exfoliate the surface layer of the skin. People with fine lines, uneven skin tone, and clogged pores benefit the most from these treatments. The price of a single microdermabrasion treatment at a salon or spa varies between $75 and $200. The good news is that Trophy Skin has a MiniMD Home Microdermabrasion tool that costs about what you would pay for a single visit. UF003-trophy-skin-minimd-precision-diamond-tip

The Trophy Skin MiniMD Home Microdermabrasion uses a diamond tip and suction for a very effective exfoliation of the skin. Ongoing microdermabrasion treatments are something that everyone can benefit from. This resurfacing treatment is key to beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. Trophy Skin even offers different attachments to personalize your at-home microdermabrasion experience. They offer their MiniMD Pore extraction tip, MiniMD Body Diamond Tip, and many more. Using microdermabrasion will even make your serums and moisturizers more effective because they will be more easily absorbed into the skin. This treatment is painless, and a very simple task to include in your beauty routine to see amazing results!


Why Cleanse?

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Cleansing your skin is the starting point of any regimen and it is important to do it both morning and night. The purpose in the AM is to wash off any residue your skin has purged during its natural repair cycle, which happens while you sleep. This also gives your makeup a smooth canvas to start. If you use an exfoliating cleanser, morning is an ideal time. At night, you cleanse again to wash off any makeup, dirt, and environmental pollution that can clog pores and cause wrinkles. lady

Although they can vary in ingredients, the function of all cleansers is the same: to keep your complexion fresh and clean. You can use the same cleanser morning and night. If your budget allows, it is also very beneficial to use an exfoliating cleanser in the morning and a more moisturizing cleanser at night. Or, vice versa, depending on your skin type.

How do I know which cleanser is right for me? Well, preference of texture is a big factor. If you love a gel cleanser I probably won’t be able to convince you to use a creamy cleanser. But there are certain textures that cater to specific skin types. There are exceptions but in general the following tips apply:

If you have dry skin, you will probably prefer a creamy cleanser or a cleansing bar. Creamy cleansers can be soothing and moisturizing to a dry or irritated skin type. Most remove make up, are gentle and effective.

Normal-to-combination skin types are usually well-served by a foaming cleanser, which are available in creamy or gel formulations. They help balance the oil in the t-zone and hydrate the drier cheek areas.

The oily and acne-prone types really benefit from gel cleansers. Gels tend to be more oil absorbing. You can also find them with acne–fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid. Typically oily skin is more tolerant than the other skin types and can handle stronger acids.

Cleansing oils are a great option for all skin types. They can be a bit harder to fully remove so a second rinse might be required. Oils are excellent for breaking up long-wear makeup. Micellar waters or “waterless” cleansers are really handy for the woman on the move. Just swipe on and no rinsing is needed. Another all-skin type option is cleansing bars. They are available for each skin type as well, so you just have to know what suits you best. Bars with good ingredients are a great option for men as well.

As always, if you need help determining your skin type or would like personalized product recommendations, please call to speak with one of our estheticians. We are happy to help!


Can your smile use a boost?

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Have you taken a look at those pearly whites lately, and found they’re not looking as white as you’d like? The coffee and colas many of us drink on a regular basis can leave our teeth with unsightly and definitely unwanted stains. The great thing about the GLO Science GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device is that there is no need to give up any of your beloved everyday vices. This Whitening Device delivers professional-quality teeth-whitening results at home, with no sensitivity.  YE001-glo-science-glo-brilliant-personal-teeth-whitening-device

Consumer tests on the GLO Science GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device reported users who saw their teeth one shade lighter after the first use and four shades lighter after regular use. This product uses an LED light with heat to active the peroxide gel on the teeth. The device comes with a controller that can hang from your neck while you’re using the device, which is very convenient. This product has won many awards, including a silver medal Edison Award in 2012, for design and effectiveness.


Nurture Your Neck – Top Neck Creams

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As we age, our necks tend to show more lines and even give in to gravity a bit. Yet the skin is thin and a little more sensitive to aggressive treatments. So it’s best to take care when dealing with this delicate area. Here are our top choices:

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is brand new to SkinStore and is expected to fly off neostrata neckour shelves. This dermatologist-formulated brand really delivers results. What you get in this dream formulation is tightening, firming, collagen and volume-building, and a bit of exfoliation to smooth the surface of the skin. It has a light, creamy texture that feels luxurious. The brand is a proven winner and we are so excited they have launched a neck-firming product.

Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck and Bust is a bestseller for the neck-firming category. With 15 reviews giving this product an average of 5 out of 5 stars, you know it has to be good! Formulated by a dermatologist in Switzerland, this gel will provide lifting, tightening and firming as well as lessen dark spots and repair damage. Now that’s what we call turning back time! It has a refreshing smell of rosemary that dissipates quickly.

Last, but not least, the Strivectin TL Neck Cream offers instant and cumulative results in this hydrating, collagen-building cream. It’s perfect to use before a night on the town. It will strengthen and dramatically help with sagging skin. This is an ultra-rich cream formulation. Perfect for dry skin, but it can be used on all skin types.
Whichever you choose, you’re bound to feel a little more confident with firmer, younger looking skin!


Time to Tone It

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This item was highly recommended by one of our amazing customers! She said it was the product hero of her skin care regimen so I thought I would let all of you in on her youthful secret. DDF Glycolic Toning Complex is formulated with 10% Glycolic Acid, which makes this toner highly effective at removing excess oil and residue while depositing ultra-pure grade Glycolic to help refresh and soften skin. It promotes clarity and immediately revitalizes skin’s appearance. It helps increase cell turnover to promote clarity and dermal vitality. The best part is that it can be easily incorporated into your current skin care regimen. It will boost the effectiveness of the products you’re already using, while adding extra anti-aging benefits:
• Minimizes appearance of wrinkle linesDD045-ddf-glycolic-toning-complex
• Refines skin texture
• Visibly reduces the look of pore size
• Ideal for mature, combination, and/or oily skin types
It has a 5-Star review on our site and it is a staple product with many of our customers. Great price, amazing benefits, and simple to use – why not try it today?


Why Should Retinol be in Your Skin Care Regimen?

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How does one product that unclogs pores, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to help you even out any skin discoloration sound? It sounds kind of like a miracle product for some. This is what a Retinol will do for your skin. If used correctly and safely it will provide you with incredible results.

Retinoids can cause redness, flaking, and dryness but if you ease into use, you can avoid this transition. For the first two weeks, apply the retinol every three nights. If your skin does not seem to be too irritated you would want to try using it every other night for two weeks. After a month if your skin seems not to be flaking or too dry, apply every night. It is important to wait 15 minutes after washing your face before you apply. After a few minutes you will want to apply your night cream to prevent dryness.

When using a Retinoid, your skin cells are being turned over at a much quicker pace, leaving the new skin exposed to the elements. It is extremely important that you use SPF every morning. There is a good chance that your skin will be in a sensitive state so you need to protect it.

Retinoids were first used in skin care products in the early 1970s as a way to combat acne. Since then we have found that they treat much more. People look to these products to treat psoriasis, warts, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and aged skin. A retinoid is a topical form of Vitamin a which is the number one anti-wrinkle ingredient that dermatologists recommend to their patients. One of the best things about retinol is that it starts working the moment you put it on!


Frederic Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Tousling Spray

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FF169-frederic-fekkai-soleil-beach-waves-tousling-sprayThere is no faster way to damage your hair than to be addicted to heat styling. Not only is it damaging but it is also very time consuming. I’m sure we would all prefer just to let our hair air dry, but not all of us were born with tresses that look magnificent without some kind of heat styling. But now you can have that beach waves look without the infamous curling wand. The Frederic Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Tousling Spray is the key product to achieve this look and there is no need for anything else!

Give your hair a break from the trauma you put it through on a daily basis. Frederick Fekkai will do all the work for you! All you need to do is mist, scrunch, and go. Trying to grow out your locks? Give your hair a vacation from the heat tools and you will be amazed by how fast it will grow.

Imagine your hair having the body, fullness, and waves that make it look like you have been relaxing in the sea and sand. The sea salt in this Beach Spray gives your hair amazing texture for that “undone” look. Let your hair heal from years of damage and try out the messy but sexy look that has been all the rage.


Imagine Being Hair-Free for Up to Six Weeks!

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Say goodbye to waxing and hello to smooth, silky skin with the Emjoi Emagine Epliator. Now, let’s be real from the start. If you have not epilated before, it’s not for sissies. Or if you have epilated before but it was a very long time ago when the first epilators hit the market and you swore never again, rest assured, the technology has improved.

emjoiWhat does an epilator do? It has 72 tweezer heads that open and close as you glide the device over the desired area. So it removes hair from the root making for longer hairless days!   Does it hurt? Initially, yes. But if you are used to waxing, it’s not any more painful than that. I find it less painful but I do have finer hair. If you have coarser hair it will be a bit more intense. However, with regular use the pain diminishes every time to the point where it is truly minimal.

You also don’t have to let your hair grow out as long as needed for waxing. Shorter hair is removed with ease. Save your money on those pesky waxing appointments! Get clean-shaven at home. You may still have a bit of stubble initially but over time less and less. Overall, it’s great device!



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