Hello to REAL CHEMISTRY!

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RC PeelOK, I’m not going to lie. What first attracted me to this line was the sparkly, 2015 award-winning, packaging design.  The brown box design with warm, iridescent tones hone true to this brands Nashville roots.  I love how the Daily Serum’s cap looks like it was strung with white lights.

But, BETTER than that, this brand delivers on its promises. I recently had a chance to try three of the products:  the Luminous 3 Minute Peel, the Environmental Rescue Mask and the Daily Serum.  I started with the peel.  I love that it is one step with nothing to mix. You apply a layer of the gel peel over your entire face and neck; it foams up slightly which is bringing oxygen to the skin. Then you massage in small circles all over. You will feel skin particles forming under your fingers. Simply, rinse with a washcloth and you’re left with soft, radiant skin.  As an esthetician, this is the first product that I have found that is truly getting rid of my red blotchy cheeks (mild case of rosacea). No irritation or downtime.  I’m Impressed!

Then I followed it up with the Environmental Rescue Mask.  This is a mask you will want to apply at night, before bed so your skin can soak in the repairing ingredients.TY001  The refreshing sheet mask folds out and drenches the skin with the hero ingredient MTHV Complex®, which really works to repair unhealthy skin cells and reverses the damage caused by free radicals.  If you can get some much deserved down time, this is the way to do it.  I found it cooling on my face and totally relaxing, it’s a great way to end a summer day.

Finally, my new go-to serum, the Daily Serum, offers all the benefits of the mask in a daily dose. This brightens; reduces redness instantly and dark spots over time and helps with elasticity.  I can honestly say my skin is firmer since using this product religiously. It also imparts luminosity to the skin that’s perfect under foundation.   It is a new brand line that will be launching more products in the future. I really can’t wait for them to have a cleanser and moisturizer.

In my experience,  REAL CHEMISTRY=REAL RESULTS.

 




Hot Deal: bareMinerals Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide Eyeliner Trio

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Are you looking for amazing eyeliner?  Do you want long wearing, water proof, smudge proof, and fade proof liners?  How about a liner that is good for your eyes?  Made from natural ingredients and infused with vitamin E to moisturize the eyes, BareMinerals Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide is the answer to all the above questions.  More so, we are now offering a smoking deal that is sure to set you up for success  on a set of the amazing eyeliners just for our customers.BE899

Set includes:

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight (blackout), .04oz.

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 4 PM (smoke eggplant), .04oz

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 8 PM (black coffee), .04oz

Benefits:

High-intensity color with effortless glide

Perfect for waterline use or tight-lining

Resists smudging and budging

 

Each usually sold for $16.00 USD each now all three for $24.00 USD.  This earns the trio a “Hot Deal” stamp of approval!  Hurry while supplies last.



Sugar vs Salt

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A common question, when talking about body scrubs, is whether to use a sugar scrub or a salt scrub?  What is the difference?  The main difference between sugar particles and salt particles is the size of the exfoliating granule.  Sugar has smaller granules than salt.  These scrubs are suited for sensitive skin and the face.  Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle 6055133234_da96dcf9a3_bexfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect the skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course.  Sugar also, has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need.  A sugar scrub is especially beneficial for the lips.

Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive because of their sharper edges and therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breathe easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including: Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts from Israel. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.   Salt scrubs are very helpful for treating Keratosis Pilaris.

Both sugar and salt scrubs are customizable and easy to prepare from home.  Here is a fun recipe to get you started: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar or salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla



Shower….oil?

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Shower OilMost of us may not think to look at oils while shopping for a body wash.  I certainly never did. Then one day, I noticed how dry my skin was.  I tried more soothing and moisturizing body washes on the market. But, I saw no improvement in my skin. I decided to try the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.  You do not want to apply this oil to your loofah. There is no need since it will not form any suds. This oil is unique because as soon as it touches water, it transforms to a warm mild lather that gently cleanses the body.  Just add a quarter size amount of the product in the palm of your hand, gently rub your hands together, and start massaging the shower oil on your body. The scent is fresh yet delicately sweet.  The formula is quite hydrating without being greasy. The soft almond scent lingers on your skin after stepping out of the shower.  It will leave your skin feeling luxuriously hydrated. During the warmer months, you may even be able to skip your moisturizer after using this shower oil. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!



Weekend Getaway Beauty Essentials

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Hooray, the warmer weather is here bringing with it wonderful sunny weekends and a desire to get away for a few days. Looks like it’s time for a weekend getaway! The only problem left after deciding where to go is trying to decide what to pack. If your bathroom vanity or cabinets are anything like mine, they are filled to the brim with various beauty products. How on earth do you decide what to take with you?

Here are my top three essentials for every weekend getaway:

CleanTruthFor a quick yet thorough cleanse the Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths are my go-to items. These wipes cleanse the day away and offer refreshing scent.

Another compact time saver that I love is the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo. It’s perfect for use in between regular shampooing or to revive hair during the day. Excess oil at the roots is quickly absorbed by the rice, oat and tapioca starches while lemon verbena leaves a refreshing scent.

For the most part, I like to keep my makeup pretty low maintenance on vacation unless I’m going out somewhere special. That’s why I love tinted moisturizers! JBtintMy favorite is the Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer. Moisturizer, color and SPF in one step, it doesn’t get much easier than that. It’s lightweight and provides lasting hydration and it also contains the antioxidant benefits of Vitamins C and E.



Summer Makeup Tips

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LippyLadies … its summer time so put away all of those winter make up trends. Yes, we all loved our dark red oxblood lips and our heavy contour, but now it’s time to have some fun. This summer is all about “the natural glowing bronzy skin,” the florescent lipsticks, and the pastels.

Before we go any further I want you to change your thinking. We hear women say all the time “Oh! I can’t wear bright lipsticks with my skin tone” or “Lipstick makes my teeth look yellow.” Ladies I assure you everyone can rock a colored lip, the key is to finding the color that suits you the best! Don’t be afraid to try on many colors until you find the one that you fall in love with. Pastels and fluorescents are so on trend right now! Step outside of your comfort zone and pick up the pinks, oranges, and the purples!

We suggest butter LONDON Lippy Liquid Lipstick-Primrose Hill Picnic or Stila After Glow Lip Color – Tangerine Dream.

Swap out your typical foundation routine for a bronzer and a colorful blush. I want your skin glowing ladies, you’ll be surprised how much younger you’ll look and feel! Summer is a time to be free and have fun, so why not look good while doing it? Next time you’re shopping pick up these summer necessities that will add a pop of color to your life! You’ll thank me later.

 



Beach Essentials

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Top SunscreensSummertime is officially upon us! Here is a list of Beach Essentials to keep you looking fabulous!

Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray- Bronze: A body mist that cools and hydrates the skin on contact, using natural ingredients including Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Vitamins A through E.

Hampton Sun SPF 15 Tanning Gel: For the sun-concerned person who likes to tan, but is worried about the harmful rays of the sun.

Colorscience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear- Medium: This nearly invisible light weight mineral powder sunscreen comes in an easy-to-use retractable brush. The convenient, brush-on applicator makes all-over SPF application easy and quick.

Hampton Sun After Sun Moisturizer: Hydrates and soothes skin with a fresh, with a rejuvenating pick-me-up scent. Revitalizes and invigorates the body with a blend of natural ingredients, Emblica Fruit extract, Aloe, Almond Oil, Walnut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea Oil, and Chamomile.

Heliocare: Heliocare capsules are an oral dietary supplement with antioxidant properties which help maintain the skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging.

Colorscience Pro SPF 35 Sunforgettable Lip Shine- Pink: Give your lips a natural shimmer and shield from the environment with Lip Shine Gloss Colore SPF 35 by Colorescience Pro.

Butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer- Molly Coddled: An opaque lavender orchid crème is the perfect nail color for summer.



Caring For Your Underarms

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Let’s talk underarms. They’re the pits. They are pit-iful. They need a ton of TLC to stay looking smooth and healthy.

There are a few things you can do to prevent ingrown hairs, rashes, and tenderness when shaving your underarms. There are also a few tricks to getting a closer shave than ever before, and going longer between shaves, too!

Always shave in the shower or bath, when your skin is damp. Hot water softens the hair and the skin holds onto the hair less tightly when it’s damp. Never, ever dry shave, especially under your arms.

Always use shave cream or gel, and invest in a high quality razor. Your razor should have at least three blades and a moisture cushion around the blade. One-blade disposable razors shouldn’t have ever been made.

Because the hair under your arms grows in a circle type of shape rather than in one direction, it’s important to maneuver your blade to adjust to hair growth – always shave downwards first, then upwards, and then sideways if you have any strays. Don’t go over the area more than three times with your blade, and if you have any stubborn strays left remove them with tweezers post-shower.

Don’t apply deodorant or antiperspirant after shaving, let your skin rest overnight, or at least for a few hours. If you must use something I suggest a gentle or natural formula with soothing ingredients like aloe.

If you’re prone to getting bumps or rashes after shaving apply an aftershave gel post-shave, we like Shaveworks The Cool Fix because it’s soothing, cooling, and has glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin and prevent ingrowns.

 



Stay Hydrated While in Flight

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Long flights not only invade your sense of comfort, but they also aggressively deplete your levels of moisture, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. Here are a few product recommendations to soothe and hydrate your skin while you’re traveling:

NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate. This product absorbs nicely and provides 24 hour moisture leaving the skin toned, refreshed and hydrated all day long. Use morning and night a few days before and after you flight for prevention and maintenance.

Phytomer Marine Breeze (Souffle Marin) Energizing Oxygenating Serum.
This is a smart choice. Considering the less than great air circulating through the main cabin on a plane, this marine based serum actively neutralizes environmental aggressors and helps to defend the skin by re-oxygenating itself for a fresher appearance.

Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray.
Stow this baby in your purse and use it throughout the flight. A quick spritz and the antioxidant compound will help for your skin to resist any microbial and free radical harm.



Open Your Eyes to Sun Protecting Eye Creams

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SupGoopAre you using an eye cream each day and night? Does your eye cream offer sun protection as well? If you haven’t considered the effects of the sun near your eyes, now is the time to start.  The skin around our eyes is so thin and delicate.  It deserves just as much sun protection, if not more, than our face does.

Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a light formula that easily blends in the eye area almost immediately.  This eye cream helps defend the eye area from future sun damage with its mineral based UVA and UVB sunscreen.  Mica is used to diffuse light and illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Natural oat peptides help boost collagen levels in this thin and delicate area. It immediately cools and soothes the skin with its cold metal tip applicator. The formula is also non allergenic and cruelty free. Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream would make a great addition to your daily routine!




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