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Top 10 Favorite Travel Kits

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SQ023-somme-institute-mobile-travel-kitWith summer just around the corner, these little kits make packing and traveling with your skin care essentials a breeze. They’re also great if you’re looking into trying any products or testing how a line of products work together. Check out some of our favorite and convenient small size kits for all your travel essentials.


Cleanse with a Splash!

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ernoDr. Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who began formulating products to heal Hungarian Princess Stephanie’s acne. Due to his success, he went on to open an institute of scientific cosmetology. Later his clients would include Hollywood’s A-List actresses, including Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. In the 1960s his treatments were highly sought after.

Today, you can take part in the regimens that were responsible for the most glamorous complexions.  This line offers several cleansing bars. The most popular is the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. There is a distinct way to maximize your results with these cleansers. Start by filling your basin with comfortably hot water. Dip the cleansing bar into the hot water and gently massage wet bar over the face, and then repeat. Set bar aside and then massage the face and neck with fingertips. Splash your face 20 times with the water from the basin to cleanse and stimulate the skin. Splash your face again 10 times with comfortably hot running water to rinse the skin. Blot the skin dry. Follow with the Erno Laszlo toners, treatments and moisturizer prescribed specifically for your skin.

Dr.  Laszlo was known to have said, “I taught America’s high society ladies to wash their faces.” Now we know how to as well.


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.


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.


Got Cellulite?

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ID003-celluliterx-lipolift-firming-lotionDid you know that cellulite is in the layers of your skin? When your skin is dehydrated, sun damaged, or saggy, cellulite is more obvious. The good news is that you can improve the hydration and firmness of your skin by applying topical cellulite products that boost the skin’s collagen and elastin.

All natural CelluliteRx® LipoLift Firming Lotion is formulated with advanced, ultra-pure botanical peptides, Alpha Copper Tripeptide-4™ and Acetyl Alpha-Tetrapeptide-5™, that stimulates the skin’s collagen production. Collagen is a complex of proteins that build the strength and structure of your skin. The peptides in LipoLift are especially effective in fighting cellulite because they are infused with two powerful antioxidants, rose hips and pomegranate, that help regenerate skin cells. The protective properties of these botanical extracts support healthy skin renewal and repair, making your skin firmer with the additional benefits of improved youthful tone and texture.

Do you want to firm the skin on your abdomen, neck, or back of your arms? LipoLift Firming Lotion to the rescue! Women report that LipoLift is not just for cellulite. It tightens skin anywhere on your body. Give your body a lift with CelluliteRx ® LipoLift!


Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: A Cool Eye Product

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Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are exactly what you need after a horrible night of sleep, or before a night out on the town. This product can make you look years younger in just ten minutes! These little miracles target puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, improve blood flow, and contain powerful antioxidants that prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin. We can all find ten minutes in our day to greatly improve the area that shows when we’re really tired, and stressed from our busy lives! SI017-hydro-cool-gels

These gel-filled pads are cool on the skin just like the name describes. Each pair is individually wrapped which makes it perfect for your jet-lagged eyes after a long flight. The elastin works on firming while the hexapeptide reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Many models turn to this product as a quick solution before an event or a project which requires them to look their best. This patch is easy to apply and non-irritating even for the most sensitive of eyes. These eye gels are exactly what you need to combat the effects of stress on the skin.


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!


bareSkin by bareMinerals-So natural you barely feel it!

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Winter is here!  For many people, winter days can cause uncomfortable dryness to the skin.  It’s important to change your skin care routine as the weather changes.  Moisturize and hydrate to ensure your skin stays nourished and healthy through the winter months.

Try a foundation that is versatile all year round, keeps skin hydrated and natural-looking.  Get the look by trying bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 from bareMinerals.  With its remarkable benefits, this unique foundation keeps the skin moist when it’s feeling drier during winder days, leaving the skin looking beautiful and dewy. The formula feels ultra-light and velvety on the skin and is clinically proven to be a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.BE799-bareminerals-bareskin-pure-brightening-serum-foundation-bare-beige

bareSkin Serum Foundation contains Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C to leave your skin brighter and more even-toned.  It is easy to apply and provides amazing coverage for all skin types.  It doesn’t clog pores and feels like you aren’t wearing anything!  You can wear it alone for a dewy look or with the bareSkin Perfecting Veil for a matte finished look. An added bonus is the non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from UV rays and to prevent hyperpigmentation.  It is one step closer to a flawless complexion!

Use it with the Perfecting Face Brush which was designed to work with bareSkin – it gives you the ability to adjust coverage level for a perfectly seamless application.  Start with 1-2 drops of foundation directly into the brush head reservoir and keep adding more drops for more coverage.  For maximum coverage, bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is amazing to cover imperfections such as broken capillaries, blemishes, dark under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation. It’s a silky smooth concealer and serum in one with an ultra-light texture.  We even use it for highlighting, contouring (with a darker shade), or all-over for full coverage.  Say bye-bye to redness, hello fresh and flawless skin!  BE940-bareminerals-bareskin-complete-coverage-serum-concealer-light

Tip if you’re in-a-rush: add bareSkin Serum Foundation to your moisturizer for a tinted look.

bareSkin is recommended if you are looking for a mineral serum foundation that will correct your tone, brighten, and smooth out your complexion.  Another benefit?  It’s formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.  Give it a try… we think you’ll love it!

 

 

 


Contouring 101

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Contouring enhances your face’s natural curves to create the illusion of more defined bone structure. By using makeup that’s both lighter and darker than your natural skin tone, you can change the way light bounces off your face, in turn enhancing and even slimming your facial features. Dermablend offers the dermatologist-developed and most-recommended products. They’re non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and allergy-tested; they are safe for acne-prone and sensitive skin.Strategically placing contour color two shades darker than your natural skin tone and a lighter highlighter (and blending thoroughly) works wonders for sculpting these areas…

Chiseled cheeks: Place darker contour color beneath the cheekbones (make a “fish face” to see the hollow spot) and highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones.

A slimmer nose: Use darker contour color on the sides of the nose, and highlighter down the center.

A defined jawline: Place contour color along the jawline and blend downwards toward the neck. Use highlighter in the center of the chin and blend outwards.

Try this with the Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer.     DB076-dermablend-quick-fix-concealer-spf-30-light

Once you’ve created your contoured look, you want it to last. That’s where makeup-setting products come in, and there are two different formulations to meet every need.

The easiest way to keep your makeup in place (contouring included) is with a setting mist. With a just a few spritzes, makeup looks freshly applied all day, and it can also be used to refresh your complexion throughout the day without disturbing your makeup (or the need for application tools). Setting mists are ideal for those who wear powder foundation and they are super-easy and mess-free. Try the Dermablend Set + Refresh Spray.

Setting powder may look white to the eye, but it’s invisible when lightly dusted over makeup. This final step keeps makeup smudge- and transfer-resistant and dramatically increases its longevity. These powders are available in loose form and compact form (which is perfect for touch-ups on the go). Tip: Only use setting powder over contoured areas to keep highlighted areas glowing.

Dermablend Setting Powder is available in “Original” for all skin tones plus two additional shades.

 


Dry, Damaged Hair that feels lifeless?

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Alterna BAMBOO Volume Abundant Shampoo and Conditioner may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Bamboo infuses hair with weightless moisture and nutrients to add volume and shine. In addition, Bamboo is filled with silica which is an important trace mineral that can stimulate blood flow to the scalp and encourage growth. Organic Maca root also encourages hair growth while adding strength and flexibility to hair follicles. One use of the abundant shampoo and conditioner and I saw a dramatic difference in the moisture and texture of my frizzy, dry, chemically treated hair. My hair was smooth and frizz was almost nonexistent and in its place was bouncy voluminous hair! The smell is a divine mixture of Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel and something my boyfriend would wear.

The weightless formula is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and GMOs. Alterna’s unique color hold technology infuses hair with a plant based melanin which protects color wash out and provides rinse resistant UVA and UVB protection. What more can I say? Buy a bottle today, you’ll thank me later.



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