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Enhancing Your Bone Structure!

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shutterstock_84287419Have you ever wondered how celebrities achieve the look of perfect bone structure? A few tips and tricks will help you highlight your best features and diminish your least favorite. There’s a reason everyone looks good in candlelight. The facial features are illuminated and given a beautiful glow. Highlighting is basically adding light to the face, something that makeup artists have been doing forever, but only recently has it become a big part of daily makeup routines.

The first step in highlighting is to determine your skin’s undertone, which will be warm, neutral, or cool. Next, find a color that is one shade lighter than your natural color. Keep an eye on how much shimmer your highlighter contains, as the more shimmer, the less natural it will look.

Highlighting products are available in both cream and powder. Generally, cream is better for drier skin types, and powder works better on oily skin. Choose one that is easiest for you to blend. Apply your highlighter down the center of the nose, the middle of the upper lip (cupids bow), middle of the chin, right above the cheekbones and near the inner corners of the eyes. A great trick for an all-over dewy look is to blend a bit of highlighter into your foundation! Because highlighter is one of the finishing touches to your makeup, be sure to stipple with your fingers to blend and be careful to not smear it. By perfecting these techniques, you’ll create definition and illumination, a slimming effect, and an overall sculpted look. Get ready to boost your confidence with these easy tips!


Estie tips and tricks: Brows for Every Face Shape!

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Brows are the most important feature on your face in my opinion. A poorly defined brow can accentuate what you don’t like about your face as well as the shape. It’s best to stick with the natural shape of your brows and just clean them up a little, but if you’re like me and you weren’t blessed with a naturally flattering brow line that compliments the shape of your face, here are some recommendations for selecting a shape that’s flattering for your face.

If your face is round, the goal is to make the face appear longer by creating a high arch.  A high-arched brow follows a straight line from the beginning of the brow to the arch; this creates a vertical line on the face which diverts the attention from the roundness.

 
Oval is considered the ideal face shape, so the brows don’t play a hugely important role. However, the ideal shape for oval faces tends to be a softer angled brow. This brow shape goes straight to the arch and then has a gentle curve from the arch to the end of the eye. Jessica Alba is the perfect example of an oval face with a soft angled brow.

Heart-shaped faces look best with a softer, rounded brow. The arch of the brow should be soft and feminine to accentuate the beautiful shape of the face. Think of the point of the chin as the end of the heart and the arches as the top of a heart.

Long faces should have a flattering brow shape to detract from the elongation and make them appear shorter. Sarah Jessica Parker is a great example of a long face shape with a flat brow. The square-shaped face has a strong, angular jaw line, and a fuller brow with a soft arch helps balance the angular shape of the face. Demi Moore and Cara Delevingne both have this brow perfected!

Last but not least, we have the diamond-shaped face. A highly-curved brow helps to soften the appearance of the widest portion of the diamond. Create an almost-straight line upward from the beginning of the brow to the iris of the eye, then angle the brow downward from the arch. Linda Evangelista has a diamond-shaped face and a highly-arched brow to suit her shape.

I recommend that you see a licensed esthetician to help you select a brow shape suitable for you, then maintain by tweezing and filling in the brows between visits. Anastasia has a brow kit with stencils if your brows are very thin or sparse and need a lot of filling in.


Secrets to Taking the Perfect Bath

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DK020-dr-hauschka-clarifying-steam-bathYou’ve most likely taken baths before, but have you treated yourself to luxurious bath oils or bubble bath with a beautiful aroma? It’s amazing how much we can benefit from taking some time out of the day to relax. But, baths offer much more than relaxation. They can assist in lowering blood pressure, help you fall asleep, ease cold and flu symptoms, reduce headaches, and some studies show taking baths can even help us maintain a healthy weight.

Bath products will enhance your senses and take the experience to the next level. Aromatherapy Associates carries a bath and shower oil that contains a blend of natural oils from calming plants and flowers that will assist you in getting a great night’s sleep. After using bath oil, your skin is soft, silky, and hydrated. If your skin isn’t a clear as you’d like, a bath can be great for decongesting. The Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Steam Bath encourages skin detoxification. After using this product, I noticed that it helped a great deal with clogged pores and loosening up black heads.

My favorite bath product since I was a little girl has to be bubble bath! L’occitane Verbena Foaming Bath has a light, lemony fragrance. I love how you do not need to use very much of this product, yet your tub will be full of colossal, fluffy bubbles.

There are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your bathing experience. Timing your bath for around 90 minutes before bedtime will help you fall sleep. Keep in mind that you never want to spend more than 20 minutes in a bath, because hot water can be very drying to the skin. The ideal temperature for bath water is about 100° Fahrenheit, which is perfect for relaxing muscles. Bathing is also the perfect time to exfoliate, as the warm water loosens dead skin and helps remove toxins. Remember, this is your time, so light some candles, play some music and unwind from the day.


10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is around the corner, so here are 10 items I recommend that our customers rave about, and Mom is sure to love.

1. Nest Candles -These soy candles burn clean all the way to the bottom and smell amazing.

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2. Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau De Toilette Layering Set – A cult phylosophyfavorite scent Mom is sure to love. This set contains The Amazing Grace Shower Gel that can also be used as a bubble bath and shampoo, The Eau De Toilette spray, and the Firming Body Emulsion.

3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Value Set – Help mom cleanse her skin 6 times more clarisoniceffectively than just a wash cloth, with a Clarisonic Mia 2. The Mia 2 has two different cleansing speeds and is one of our bestselling models. I love this set because it comes with a sensitive brush head as well as a radiance brush head, and the color is fresh for spring.

4. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask – One of our bestselling hydrating skinceuticalsmasks is the perfect pick me up after a long day, or can even be worn overnight to reveal plumper smoother skin in the morning.

5. Jurlique Hand Cream Trio – Pamper her with this luxurious trio. It contains 3 of Jurlique’s bestselling hand creams: Rose, Lavender, and Citrus. Mom is sure to find a scent she loves, and her hands will be Jurliquesmooth as silk.

6. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo – A shampoo and conditioner duo that leaves hair silky smooth and doesn’t contain any harsh Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. Our customers rave about this stuff and say it’s worth every penny. alterna

7. L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil – This lightweight oil leaves skin soft and smooth. I love the light almond scent and the way my skin feels after it’s applied, so loccitaneI’ve ditched traditional body creams for this amazing oil.

8. Kneipp Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Herbal Bath – Does your mom enjoy a relaxing bath? This is a perfect addition to her routine if she does. Kniepp uses essential oils of red poppy and hemp. One of our estheticians swears by this stuff and said it helps her knieppwind down after a long day.

trind9. Trind Perfect Nail and Cuticle Nail Kit – Help Mom’s nails stay strong and less brittle with this bestselling kit. The kit contains a cuticle balsam, nail balsam, and Trind’s bestselling Nail repair, which tightens the proteins in the nails for stronger, healthier nails.

10. Kniepp Healthy Feet Foot repair – Does Mom suffer from dry cracked knieppfootfeet? This is one of the best foot creams I’ve tried. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs quickly enough to be able to apply, slip on your sandals, and go.


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.


Estie Find: PCA Gentle Exfoliant

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There are certain steps that we need to incorporate into our skin care regimens to achieve radiant complexions throughout the year. One important step, exfoliating dead skin cells, is key, but over-exfoliating can traumatize the skin and lead to early signs of aging. Everyday exfoliation should be gentle and non-aggressive.

Believe me, I love my mechanical exfoliation device, but I definitely don’t use it every day. My go-to daily physical exfoliant is PCA SKIN Gentle Exfoliant. The formula is light and creamy, but contains smooth beads for polishing the skin. This scrub is appropriate for all skin types. Almost immediately after I started using it, I noticed that my skin tone was more even and I’ve had fewer black heads and breakouts. If your skin is on the sensitive side, this product shouldn’t be used more than twice a week. If PH019-pca-skin-gentle-exfoliantyou wear makeup and are looking for a product to thoroughly remove all traces, this one will do the trick! Since this product has a cream base, your skin will not be left tight and stripped of all the natural oils. A little goes a long way with this product; all you really need is a dime-sized amount. Great bang for your buck! Please remember that after exfoliation your skin is a lot more delicate and more prone to sun damage, so don’t skip the sunscreen.


Prime to Perfection!

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Most likely you have heard of makeup primers and probably thought they were an unnecessary step or a way for a makeup artist to up sell you. A foundation Primer is a base applied after the moisturizer and before the foundation. I can say that a makeup primer is one cosmetic I will no longer go without. Not only does it make your makeup look flawless, it seals the pores and provides a layer of protection between your makeup and your skin. The benefits of using a primer are endless, and will make you reconsider your make up routine.

My favorite Primer that I use on a daily basis is Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Facial Primer. I love that JI475-jane-iredale-smooth-affair-facial-primer-and-brightenerher products are all natural and this one does much more than just prime the skin for makeup application. The Grapefruit extract makes your skin as radiant as it can be. Algae extract firms the skin and helps it retain moisture. This primer is great for women with sensitive skin, but can be used for all skin types. My makeup is a lot easier to apply when I use this primer, and it has a beautiful finish.

The great things about primers are that they work with all skin types, and skin tones. There are no shades to choose from, so it is very easy to select one. Primers go on like a lotion, but there is no greasy after-feel. By applying a makeup primer you will notice that your pores appear smaller and your makeup will stay in place a lot longer. Try a primer, and you will understand why this will be an essential step in your makeup routine.


Bronzed Beach Goddess

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JI448-jane-iredale-tantasia-self-tannerDo you feel as though your skin needs a bit more color, but fear self-tanning products that will turn you orange? If you want that sun-kissed look without the harmful rays, your go-to product for spring and summer should be Jane Iredales Tantasia Self Tanner. This product builds color within three days for a beautiful natural skin tone. It’s perfect for the face, and thanks to the added color, you’ll need less make up! It is the first facial tanner I‘ve used that has not caused me to break out or experience any sensitivity. I have fair skin, and love the streak-free bronze glow it leaves me with. We all know the dreaded smell that comes along with tanning products, but this one has a fresh citrus fragrance.

Self-tanning products are a great alternative to harmful ultraviolet rays. The Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner and Bronzer hydrates and gives the skin color, without the damaging effects of the sun. The active ingredient in tanning products is Dihydroxyacetone. This ingredient reacts to your dead skin cells to temporarily darken the surface layer. It is extremely important to apply a sunscreen in conjunction with the tanner because most do not contain any SPF.

The Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner is one of my favorite gradual tanners. Following a few easy steps before application will make your tan look the best and last the longest. Exfoliation is key for an even color application. You will need to spend extra time where the skin can be thicker, like knees, elbows, and ankles. Apply the product in sections, to ensure you do not miss any areas and massage it into the skin in circular motions. After applying the tanner in all the desired areas, be sure you wash your hands to avoid discoloring your palms. Something that I like to do is to wipe my knees, elbows, and ankles with a damp cloth. By doing this you will dilute the product on areas that absorb more and tend to get darker. Make sure you allow the tanner to dry for at least ten minutes before putting on clothing! The Tantasia Self Tanner will give you an instant tan because not only is it a tanner, but it also contains an immediate bronzer. I highly recommend this to anyone who is afraid of the streaking that comes with most tanning products.


No Makeup Makeup!

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Fresh from the labs of Dr. Perricone: his innovative line of skin care disguised as makeup! These pigmented serums deliver the science that his line is known and loved for. DMAE lifts and firms and Neuropeptides train your skin cells to mimic the behavior of younger skin cells. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that diminishes lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of pores. Vitamin C Ester is a stabilized form of Vitamin C that will brighten and build collagen. All of this, plus the beautiful glow of healthy skin.

makeupThe newer version of the No Foundation Foundation is called the No Foundation Foundation Serum. This differs from the previous versions in its finish. The No Foundation Foundation No. 1 and 2 offer a dewy finish. The No Foundation Foundation Serum offers a finish that is referred to as “suede”, which is just between dewy and matte. This is a buildable-coverage serum that has an application technique. First, shake the serum to mix the colors. Second, dot it on each area of your face. Third, press into your skin with a tapping motion so you soak in all the benefits. Last, blend it out. You can contour by using it with the No Bronzer Bronzer and Highlight with the stunningly beautiful No Highlighter Highlighter. Finish your healthy skin with the rosy No Blush Blush. You can also use the No Blush Blush as a lip color! The same application technique goes for all of them. You really can customize your look with this totally mixable line.

Another product we love is the No Mascara Mascara. It is different from any other mascara you’ve used before. It comes only in a black-brown with a hint of auburn that really compliments any eye color. The wand is double sided. One side has longer bristles so you can coat from the root and lengthen the lashes. The other side has shorter bristles which act as a comb so you can separate the lashes. The wand also bends for maximum coating ability. You’ll have gorgeous lashes and lash conditioning benefits!



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