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!



Spring Esti Find!

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colorscienceGet the protection you need with the coverage you want this spring, with this amazing two-in-one foundation and SPF. Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection SPF 50 is a wonderful combination product that will not only help you combat midday shine; it will also help keep you protected from the dangers of UV rays. This sheer, lightweight mineral foundation is an easy- application product, with mineral powder that comes through the brush bristles, making afternoon makeup touch-ups a breeze. With a matte-based formula, this is sure to stop shine in its tracks!

We also love this product because it provides non-irritating, UVA and UVB protection delicate enough for your face, with an SPF of 50. This is perfect for travel, with its no-mess packaging and easy application. Throw it in your purse, keep it in your makeup bag or toss it into a backpack or beach bag for shine-free SPF protection at your fingertips.



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.



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.




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