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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!


We welcome DermaDoctor!!

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QB017-dermadoctor-kp-duty-body-scrub-with-chemical-and-physical-exfoliationCreated by board-certified dermatologist, author, and TV personality Dr. Audrey Kunin, DERMAdoctor is now at SkinStore! We’re all so excited to have this brand. Most products are paraben and gluten-free, and none are tested on animals. The products are professionally-formulated and tested, as Dr. Kunin believes in gentle yet effective formulations that are non-irritating to help rejuvenate and treat the skin.

Dr. Kunin has several award-winning products, including the 2011 Allure breakthrough award-winner, DERMAdoctor Photodynamic Therapy 3-in-1 Facial Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. The product combines an anti-aging serum, moisturizer and broad spectrum SPF 30 as well as vitamins C, D, & E. Customers swooned over it, stating their skin never looked better after just weeks of use.

A double award-winner from the brand is the DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum. The 2% Salicylic acid formula is nondrying and contains calming ingredients such as white tea and chamomile.

A favorite of mine from the line is the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub. I suffer from Keratosis pilaris on the back of my thighs and this is the only product that has worked at alleviating the red, itchy bumps. The combination of glycolic acid, willow bark, and microdermabrasion-like crystals leaves my skin polished, calm, and smooth. I apply it in a circular motion to dry skin before I step into the shower, and then rinse it off a few minutes later so that my skin gets the chemical exfoliation as well.

Bring the doctor home with you and give this line a try. Dr Kunin describes her brand as “The prescription for beautiful skin.”


What Do Moisturizers REALLY Do?

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We’ve all heard the claims that promise “Youth in a Bottle,” but we’ve been duped more than once. So what are the actual benefits of a moisturizer?

Moisturizers of course prevent dryness, which makes skin look dull and frankly, older. They also provide a protective barrier to shield your skin from environmental pollution that creates free radicals, the moisturizerculprits that cause wrinkles and damage skin cells. If you use a serum, a moisturizer literally seals the deal. Putting that last layer of armor over your serum not only helps it penetrate better, but keeps any residue from evaporating. Serums tend to be the priciest products in any line, so we don’t want to waste our investment.

How are moisturizers different from hydrators? Hydrators address the level of water in your skin. They are water-based, as opposed to moisturizers, which typically have a measure of oil in them. They are great for dehydrated skin as they penetrate more deeply to really hold moisture in, keeping your skin cells plump. Every skin type struggles with dehydration, regardless of water intake. People who travel frequently are often in need of extra hydration.

Every skin type, even the oiliest, needs moisturizer. If you need help determining your best option, please call us and speak with our estheticians for a personalized recommendation.


Turmeric for Smooth, Glowing Skin!

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Spice up your skin care with an ingredient that has been used for over 4000 years. Turmeric has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help heal acne, blackheads, hyperpigmentation, eczema, and psoriasis. It is also known to slow down the aging process by improving skin’s elasticity.
Juara makes incorporating Turmeric into your skin care routine easy. Juara Clove Flower and Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum and Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask contain this magic ingredient. Your skin will immediately look and feel more vibrant and well-rested. Repeated use of this serum will reduce the look of fine lines, as well as increase firmness and youthful luminosity.

Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask offers a unique treatment that detoxifies, brightens, and JR008-juara-turmeric-antioxidant-facial-maskstrengthens the skin in a single application. This special complex of turmeric, which is known as one of the most powerful antioxidants in Indonesian medicine and has been used for centuries as a remedy for various skin and health ailments, helps neutralize environmental toxins in the skin and fortifies it through a concentrated detoxifying infusion.
Both are suitable for all skin types and can be used along with any products currently in your beauty regimen.


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.



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