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Why Mask?

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Masks have a variety of beneficial functions for the skin. They come in many types, as the do perks. You can find masks for brightening, hydrating, purifying, soothing, exfoliating and/or restoring.  A mask can really boost the effectiveness of your regimen, no matter your skin type.  You’ll get the greatest benefits out of a mask after exfoliation. Twice a week is all it takes to bring your skin into balance and create a youthful radiance!

Sheet masks are a great way to relax after a long day. They are pre-soaked, with cutouts for your eyes, nose and mouth. Simply unfold the sheet, place the cutouts over the appropriate areas and smooth the mask over your face to ensure it is flush with your skin.  If you have time, lie down and soak in all the nutrients.  Typically, the sheet has some extra residue even after you’ve used it. Don’t waste it. Rub it over the back of your hands, neck and decollate for an extra treatment! One of my favorites is the SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative mask.  It will soothe and cool while deeply hydrating.

sommeMud or Clay Masks are great for pulling out impurities from the skin and de-toxifying. If you have congestion such as blackheads or whiteheads this would be your go-to complexion picker-upper! Depending on the formulation, mud and clay are a little richer and a little harder to remove. You can help dissolve this type of mask a little by adding water to it and emulsifying before you remove it.  One of our newest masks is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud mask.  A little warning: it’s dark green like the moor mud so you may just blend in if you are going to the forest.  If you need camo, this is your mask!  But seriously, it’s a great choice and it was surprisingly easy to remove.  Also the Somme Institute Boost Mask warms, exfoliates, purifies, hydrates and soothes, all with a heavenly pumpkin aroma.

Lastly, the most common type of mask—cream, is the best for almost any situation.  Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is amazing before an event.  Intensely hydrating and brightening, it truly leaves you with an irresistible glow.  Just smooth over clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, or as long as time allows, and rinse with a washcloth.

Any formulation you choose will help you maximize the results of your regimen.


Estie Find: My Favorite Acne Masks

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Let’s say you have an entire skin care regimen consisting of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF, but you’re still struggling with breakouts. You have the complete skin care regimen, right? Actually, there’s something missing from your routine: the mask. Facial masks provide additional or deeper treatments to the skin, but many tend to neglect them.  Masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, and replenish nutrients. If you find that you are breaking out, a mask could be the answer.  Choose a mask based on your skin type and the issue you’d like to correct. While it’s true that not many of us are looking to add time to our skin care routines, a mask could be one of the most effective steps you’ll take.

PT099-peter-thomas-roth-sulfur-cooling-masqueSulfur masks are to be used in the midst of a breakout to control oil production. Sulfur also accelerates cell turnover by getting rid of dead skin cells and buildup that can clog pores. This ingredient helps dry out existing blemishes and prevents the spread of acne-causing bacteria. My favorite sulfur mask is the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque.  This highly-effective treatment contains eucalyptus, sulfur and purified clay to exfoliate the skin and treat inflamed acne. After using it only a few times, I noticed my congested skin was looking much clearer. I couldn’t ask for more. When I’m struggling with a bad breakout, I use this mask twice a week for the best results. All I need to do is wait the ten minutes and let the product do the work.

My other recent acne mask discovery is the Erno Laszlo Anti Blemish Purifying Mask. This product contains Kaolin Clay, Willow bark extract, and Salicylic Acid. While the Clay and Willow bark reduce surface oil and shine, the Salicylic acid works at exfoliating the skin. I really love the way this mask reduces redness and soothes inflammation; it’s perfect before an important event. After applying this mask, you’ll feel a cool, tingly sensation, which I really enjoy. I do have to say that when I used this mask twice in one week, I experienced some dryness around my nose, but I simply reduced it to once a week and was fine!


Estie Focus: Hydrating Masks

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Do you suffer from dry skin? Are you using retinols, or do you travel frequently? A good hydrating maskRC043-wine-mask is something everyone can benefit from, whether you have dry skin or not. There a few different ways you can use these masks. Apply a thin layer at night and sleep with the mask in place of a nighttime moisturizer and you will wake up with smooth, perfectly-hydrated skin. Apply in the morning after you cleanse, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then cleanse or tissue off and proceed with your normal skin care regimen. Feel like you’re always on an airplane? Flying is very dehydrating to the skin. You can apply a mask at the beginning of your flight instead of a moisturizer, or use it once you touch down to combat your skin’s dehydration. Everyone can benefit from a hydrating mask every now and then. Here are a few I recommend:

Sothys Hydradvance Mask: This mask contains two types of hyaluronic acid; one that penetrates the skin deeply, and one that sits on the top layer for an instantly smooth result.

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Mask: This mask contains hyaluronic acid as well as Vitamin B5 that is reparative and provides the skin with essential nutrients.

ARCONA Wine Hydrating Mask: This mask contains nourishing macadamia nut oil which mimics the skin’s natural oil, as well as hyaluronic acid.


Holy Grail Hand and Foot Creams

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I am always on the hunt for the perfect hand cream to add to my collection. Recently, I was introduced to L’Occitane and their wonderful products. The hand cream is truly amazing—it absorbs quickly, does not leave a greasy feeling, and makes your hands feel baby-smooth.  It delivers the kind of hydration that lasts and does not require you to reapply all day long.  Not only is this hand cream wonderful for just about anyone, but people who experience dry, cracked, chapped hands will definitely want a tube of this. Since I wash my hands frequently throughout the day, I require a rich moisturizing cream. Even though this one is a little pricey, a little bit goes a long way. I put this hand cream on before I go to bed and wake up with silky-smooth hands. It’s almost like a hand treatment; more than just your everyday hand cream.

AH183-mineral-foot-cream-moApplying a great foot cream is always a nice feeling at the end of a stressful day. My favorite is the AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream.  This product does not leave you sticky and greasy post-application, but with a velvety smooth after-feel. This is a go-to product for me, especially in the dry California winters.  A secret about this product is that you can use it on your hands and elbows for extra hydration benefits. Use this cream once or twice a day, and you’ll notice a tremendous difference in the look and feel of your feet. And now is the perfect time—sandal weather is right around the corner!

 

 


New from SkinCeuticals: Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

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One of our bestselling brands has just launched their latest product and oh boy, we think you’re going to love it! We know SkinCeuticals for its scientifically-based, effective formulations. Their newest integrates that science with cosmetic elegance.skinceutical

The Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a repairing moisturizer that builds the protective barrier of your skin, enhancing its strength and ability to defend against environmental aggressors. Formulated with 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids, your skin is bathed in the highest concentration of barrier-strengthening ingredients on the market. A perfect companion product to retinol, the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 contains the soothing essential oils of lavender, rosemary and peppermint.

This moisturizer is rich without being heavy.  It’s specifically formulated for dehydrated, sensitive and dry skin. You will experience lasting hydration for 24 hours, as well as improved texture and increased radiance.  Yes, please!


mybody GLOWBIOTICS

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Can you get a peel from a pad? Oh yes you can, and you can have all the skin-friendly benefits of probiotics all in one step!                                                                                                                    glowbiotics

Two to four times a week, swipe the no-rinse resurfacing pads over your face for an easy at-home treatment. mybody recommends using two pads per session and  if you have any excess product on the pad, use it on your décolleté and the backs of your hands.

With consistent use, the non-irritating pads will give results comparable to a chemical peel with no flaking or down time.  These resurfacing pads help reduce pores and blemishes, and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, all while giving a beautiful GLOW. You may also want to try the companion serum, mybody GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil. After all, everyone looks better with a little radiance.


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.



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