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Determining Which Clarisonic Fits Your Needs

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While cleansing our face is typically one of the first things we do to start our day, and one of the last routines before bed at night, a good deep down cleaning can be overlooked. Manual cleansing can leave behind dirt, debris and oil. The Clarisonic is a device that has many great benefits to help your skin to look its best. Here are a few:

  • More than 2x as effective as manual cleansing
  • 6X more makeup removal
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking younger and smoother
  • Increases product absorption
  • Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System is gentle enough for use twice daily
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores
  • Clarisonic Skin Care Brush System is waterproof
  • Brush heads are interchangeable with other Clarisonic Skin Care Systems
  • Suitable for use with any non-abrasive cleanser
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Used and recommended by skin care professionals

Here at Skinstore.com we offer 3 different models of the Clarisonic. This quick overview will go over each of the models and their features to better assist you in determining which one would be best for you.

Clarisonic Mia- This device has all the benefits of the standard model in a smaller compact size with 1 speed. It is great for at home use or traveling, and it comes with an international charger as well. The Mia comes in a variety of colors such as white, pink, yellow, red, blue, turquoise, lavender and tangerine. This model comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

Clarisonic Classic- This device is great for at home use, and has 2 speed settings for the face. It comes in white, pink, or gray and has a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

Clarisonic Plus- This system has 3 speeds for the face plus body mode for cleansing areas needing extra care and attention. It comes in white and in blue, and also has a universal charging cradle. As with the Classic, the Plus has a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

Do you own a Clarisonic? Tell us what you love about it, we’d love to know!

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Evaluate Your Tools

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To get a flawless application of cosmetics it is very important to have the clean and proper tools necessary. If any of your makeup brushes look frayed, worn down or broken it’s time to replace them. It is easier to replace brushes in multiples since they come at a better value than when purchased individually. If your tools are damaged in any way, it will affect the application techniques and the final look. Get the brush essentials needed by picking up a simple brush set like Bare Minerals Jet Set Mini Brush Collection or the Stila Brush Set.

Do you have a favorite makeup brush brand?! Share with us in the comments below!

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Top 10 Gifts for Mother’s Day

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As Mother’s Day 2011 is fast approaching, many of us reflect on how grateful we are to have special women in our lives. Our mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, aunts and girlfriends help us through the tough times, share our joys, pick us up when we’re down, and stand by our side through thick and thin. Let your favorite girl know how much you care for her with a sweet gift of chocolates, fragrant gift of flowers, or a beautiful gift of products from SkinStore.com!

Here are our top 10 gift picks for Mother’s Day:

Baby Quasar MD – the MD version of this effective LED device provides effective facial rejuvenation in the comfort of her own home. Mom won’t need to see her derm and pay the big bucks for treatments, because the Baby Quasar will promote collagen production by helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores, while also improving the appearance of skin tone and firmness. Click here to see all Baby Quasar products.

Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care System with Spot Treatment – the best exfoliating and cleansing system around, the Clarisonic PLUS will get her skin clean, smooth, and glowing. The facial brush head oscillates with sonic technology to provide six times more effective makeup removal than manual cleansing, while providing gentle exfoliation. After use, treatment products penetrate deeper into the skin providing better, more cost-effective results. Click here to see all Clarisonic products.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Face and Eyes Kit – these innovative products are formulated with a patented delivery system for optimal benefits and maximum results. Ideal for all ages, all skin types, together they address the most visible signs of aging and impart the look of glowing, supple, youthful skin. Click here to see all Perricone MD products.

SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and get Hydrating B5 Gel Set - the Rolls-Royce of antioxidant treatments, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic will get her skin glowing, smooth, and even-toned while protecting from harsh elements that cause oxidative stress and aging. Touted as the ‘best beauty buy’ by top beauty magazines, CE Ferulic gets every gal’s skin in tiptop shape, while the Hydrating B5 Gel hydrates the skin and draws moisture deep within the epidermis. Click here to see all SkinCeuticals products.

Frederic Fekkai Ageless Creme Luxe Hair Treatment – for an at-home salon experience pamper her with a conditioning and restorative hair treatment. This deeply penetrating anti-aging infusion of rare orchid extract and proteins helps to regenerate and preserve hair’s inner structure to renew hair strength, elasticity and vibrancy. Click here to see all Frederic Fekkai products.

Jurlique Hand Cream Collection – this beautiful bouquet of four best-selling Jurlique hand treatments will leave her hands soft, supple, and lightly fragranced. Rose, lavender, jasmine, and citrus hand creams are packaged in a beautiful red box and ready for gift-giving!  Click here to see all Jurlique products.

Elizabeth Arden Pretty as a Picture Fragrance Set – make her feel and smell pretty with this feminine and floral set that’s beautifully packaged in a pink keepsake box. The set includes eau de parfum, body lotion, and a gorgeous charm bracelet that she’ll wear for many years to come. Click here to see all Elizabeth Arden products.

Too Faced Natural Eye Kit – help bring out her sparkling eyes with these beautiful soft shadow shades. Nine gorgeous colors build a neutral daytime eye or an intense evening look, and there are helpful instructional cards to help create a variety of stunning looks. Click here to see all Too Faced products.

Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight – her lips will be soft and kissable with this wonderful lip balm. The luxurious night lip treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, adds shape and definition, and restores a healthy rosy appearance. Click here to see all Philosophy products.

SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Knowledge is Power – a sweet little bottle of vegan nail lacquer that’ll give her fingers and toes a soft berry crème hue. This color is beautiful for spring and summer and looks amazing on all skin tones. Click here to see all SpaRitual products.

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Flat Irons & Their Differences

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With so many different choices of flat irons out there it can be hard to know which one to choose. Next time you go on the search for a sleek new iron pay attention to these key words:

Titanium: Offers extremely smooth surfaces to prevent any pulling or snagging. The durable metal helps to provide proper heat distribution for fast styling from root to tip without the creases.

Ceramic: These plates are fused with a crystal coating that produces a negative charge, which creates an easy glide. Ceramic plates help to seal the cuticle for a sleek, smooth look.

Tourmaline: This material is great for reducing frizz. Similar to ceramic, the negatively charges ions help to seal the hair cuticle, helping to lock in natural moisture.

*Nano: It’s not a material, but rather tiny nano elements processed on the metal plates. Nano particles help to provide a bonus of antibacterial protection!

Hope this has helped to ‘straighten’ things out!

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CHI Air

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Spring is here! That means that spring cleaning is around the corner but that doesn’t mean cleaning just the house. Our beauty tool boxes can be organized and cleaned out to make room for some newly improved tools and new and exciting additions. Toss those clunky old hair tools and make room for CHI Air!

The CHI Air hair tools use exceptionally high amounts of far infrared and negative ions which are produced by the tourmaline components. This technology helps to seal in the moisture your hair needs to stay static free and frizz free, while imparting your hair with healthy shine! We all deserve that shiny, bouncy, red carpet hair…don’t you think?

Want to win a Perricone MD Cold Plasma ($150 value) ?? Well, now you can enter to win one. Enter HERE! Event ends 4/4/2011.


A Refreshing Cleanse

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We start our days and end our days with a refreshing cleanse. While there a million cleansers specific to different skin types, there are a few products which are star cleansers that are suitable for almost everyone. These are cleansers that no matter what your skin needs, can work efficiently and gently.

Here are some of the top contenders for this important daily step:

Caudalie Cleansing Water – This cleanser removes dirt and makeup without needing to be rinsed off. It encapsulates dirt particles and sweeps them away. Great on the go, or for those with water sensitivities.
Purlisse Pur Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser – This gentle and non- irritating cleanser is made from a blend of soy milk, soy proteins, whole oat, and white tea. It’s a non-foaming cleanser which helps to balance the skin while removing make-up.
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex – This cleanser helps to remove dead skin cells, refines the pores, helps to balance the skin, and can even be used for shaving. The ultimate multi-tasker!
Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser – This cleanser just so happens to be created by the makers of the fabulous Clarisonic device. It is a non-foaming cleanser that contains aloe, cucumber, green tea, and vitamin E to help soothe the skin while providing antioxidant protection against future damage. It’s great for use along with your Clarisonic system or it can be used alone!

Do you have a favorite multi-tasking cleanser? We’d love to know!

You could win a Perricone MD Cold Plasma! Enter our latest giveaway now! Enter here. Event ends on 4/4/2011.


Luminess Air

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Thanks to Luminess Air we can all have a VIP ticket to flawless, red-carpet ready, celebrity skin from the comfort of our own home. This top of the line air brushing system is easy to use and the results are great. The coverage is customizable and it perfectly blends in one quick and painless application. You can go from foundation to blush to bronzer and then to a full body tan all with one system.

Luminess Air foundation does not cake like traditional makeup while it minimizes the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Also a great benefit is that it eliminates the risk of cross-contamination that traditional make-up brushes and sponges can’t guarantee (great for acne-prone skin!).

Welcome to a new approach of make-up application that hydrates, accentuates and illuminates better than we thought possible.


The NEW Baby Quasar MD

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Baby Quasar, one of the most innovative anti-aging companies has developed a brand new device, the Baby Quasar MD.

The new Baby Quasar MD is 3x more powerful and more effective than the original, so you will be able to achieve professional results in half the time. It is the most powerful and effective consumer device available, and was previously only used in medical facilities.

The device works by emitting infrared light and four different wavelengths that stimulating your skin to increase blood flow and circulation. As the skin ages it produces less collagen and hyaluronic acid which will make the skin deteriorate over time. The Baby Quasar MD will generate the production of new collagen which will improve the overall condition of your skin. It will soothe and heal the skin, it will also firm, treat large pores, reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. You can also use the device on the green mode for up to 12 minutes at a time, to treat pain such as arthritis, sprains, and wounds.

The new MD is just as easy to use as the original and just as portable. The MD has three settings, an orange LED low for sensitive skin, red LED high for normal skin, and a continuous wave green setting which is the highest power setting to increase blood flow and circulation. There is an indicator light on top of the device which will indicate which mode you are in.

When you begin using the Baby Quasar MD treatment you will want to make sure your skin is clean with no makeup or skin care products except for a hydrating serum. You will also want to remove any jewelry. The Baby Quasar pure silk is recommended to use in conjunction with your quasar before you begin treatment. Visually divide your face in 6 different sections and use the device for 2 minutes on each area of the face. The device will beep when it’s time to move to a different area of the face.

Rather then using the device 2-3 times per week with the original Baby Quasar, it’s recommended that you use the Baby Quasar MD only once per week for 24-36 minutes per treatment. Because of the strength you can use the Quasar MD up to two times per week; this will allow your skin enough time to regenerate and to prevent dryness from overuse. To clean the Baby Quasar you can use a cotton pad with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide after each use.

The Baby Quasar MD can be used on all skin types, it is Dermatologist recommended, and is FDA approved and accepted. The quasar will make a great addition to any skin care regimen because it will boost the benefits of any products you are already using. If you have any medical concerns we suggest first consulting your doctor or dermatologist before using this device.

*photo courtesy of http://www.babyquasar.com/ 


Tweezing Tips for Gorgeous Brows!

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There’s no denying eyebrows can make or break your look! Eyebrow trends come and go, but for the most part having well groomed brows can make all the difference in the message you send when someone approaches you.

In recent years it’s become much trendier for men to go in and have their brows trimmed, groomed, or waxed. Unfortunately there are those cases where the person they went to got over-zealous and tweezed or waxed too much… and well, you get the idea.
Either lady or gentleman, remember the first rule when tweezing and shaping your brows, you can always tweeze more hair later, but if you tweeze too much now you can’t put it back!

The second thing to keep in mind is the old adage, “The right tool for the right job!” If you want to look fierce, using an old beat up pair of cheap tweezers, bad mirrors, and low lighting won’t get you there.

Be sure you invest in a pair of good tweezers. They don’t have to be expensive but I recommend tweezers at a slanted angle or tweezers that come to a point. I recommend Billion Dollar Brows Tweezers, or Tweezerman Slant Tweezers. Either of these tweezers will allow you to precisely remove one hair at a time versus stubby tweezers that may end up pulling out too many hairs at a time! For best results grasp the hair at the base next to your skin and pull outward in the direction of the growth.

Ladies if you’re not sure on what shape to go with, how thick or thin, try using Colorscience Voluptuous Stencil. Use this as a guide to shadow or pencil in you brows. Once completed, trim or tweeze all the brow hairs that fall outside your new brow shape.

When tweezing your brows don’t forget to use a 10X mirror to get you that close up detailed view. Don’t forget to take a moment and step back and view your results in a regular mirror at a distance as you go.

And always remember Eyebrows are Tweezed, Chickens are Plucked!

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Top 5 Holiday Gifts for HIM

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The holiday gift-giving season is upon us and we know that searching for the perfect gift among the numerous choices available can be stressful. Let us help narrow down your search with our top five picks for that special guy in your life.

The Jack Black First Class Five is perfect for the guy who is always on the go! This kit contains the All Over Wash, Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, Eye Balm Minimizing Gel and the Intensive Therapy Lip Balm Natural Mint and Shea Butter. Everything his skin needs and all in a convenient travel bag.

Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Aqua Eau de Toilette Spray is perfect for the man that loves a bold, masculine fragrance. This fresh fragrance will have him smelling sensual and sexy! He will love it and so will you.

Anthony Logistics The Face Kit is the complete face for every man. Kick start his skincare regimen with this easy to use kit! This kit includes Glycolic Facial Cleanser for a deep cleanse, Deep Pore Cleansing Clay to help absorb excess oils and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer to keep the skin balanced while improving elasticity. Also includes two bonus Facial Scrub samples.

The Molton Brown The Heart of Darkness Limited Edition Kit is a spicy trio steeped in the aromas of Madagascan black peppercorn oil.  The collection contains the Re-charge black pepper body wash, Re-charge black pepper body hydrator, and Re-charge black pepper Eau de Toilette.

The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush System-Gray is a wonderful gift for the guy that has everything and is serious about his skincare routine. The Clarisonic is a great tool to prep the skin prior to shaving and since it’s waterproof, he can take it right into the shower with him.

For more suggestions, check out our Holiday Gift Guide! And tell us.. what’s under the Christmas tree for YOUR man? A new powertool? A snuggie?



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